29,000 Patients of Wedge Recovery Centeres Affected by Security Breach

On June 25, 2021, Mental health service provider Wedge Recovery Centers based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, found suspicious activity in its computer network that suggested unauthorized persons had accessed its systems. The provider immediately took steps to prohibit continuing access and started an investigation to find out the nature and extent of the breach.

The investigation affirmed that an unauthorized person obtained access to its system on June 25, 2021; nonetheless, there is no evidence found by the investigators that indicate any person’s data had been misused because of the security breach.

A thorough analysis was done of all data possibly impacted and the process is still in progress; nevertheless, it was affirmed recently that these types of data were saved in files on breached areas of the network: Name, Social Security number, address, birth date, treatment, and medical insurance data.

The Wedge Recovery Centers enforced more technical security measures to avoid further occurrences of this nature. Guidelines and procedures had been reviewed and improved to further boost privacy and security.

All people impacted by the security breach are getting breach notifications by mail and are instructed to stay cautious against identity theft and fraud. They need to monitor their statement of accounts, free credit reports and explanation of benefits statements for indications of suspicious transactions or errors.

The breach was reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights indicating that 29,000 people had been affected.

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