By Rob Morris on August 19, 2016
Personal data for patients over a period of 12 years might be at risk after two thumb drives went missing during the transfer of computer files from Eastern Carolina Cardiovascular to The Outer Banks Hospital.
While it tries to minimize the potential impact, the hospital is advising patients who received treatment at the Eastern Carolina’s OBX Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program between 2004 and 2016 to monitor their credit scores.
“The Outer Banks Hospital recently acquired certain assets of the OBX Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program of Eastern Carolina Cardiovascular P.A.,” a hospital statement released Friday said.
“We moved those assets on June 20-21, to The Outer Banks Hospital. On June 22, 2016, we discovered that two flash drives containing patient information went missing.
“We immediately began working diligently to investigate and to mitigate the potential impact of this incident to determine whether any sensitive information was affected.”
Starting Aug. 16, written notice was being sent to current and former patients whose contact information is available, the hospital said. The statement said there is no indication that the information has been misused and did not say how many patients might have been affected.
The flash drives contained personal information, including Social Security number, emergency contact number, mental health information, insurance ID number, diagnosis, health history information, patient account number, medical record number, referring physician name and demographic information.
Outside forensic investigators are helping to investigate. The hospital expects to identify and send letters to the remaining patients whose addresses are on file within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the hospital is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to those affected. It has also set up an assistance line for more information. Those who think they might have been affected and did not receive a letter are asked to call the number — 1-866-775-4209.
“The Outer Banks Hospital encourages patients who believe they may be affected by this incident to remain vigilant by reviewing their account statements and monitoring free credit reports for suspicious activity,” the statement said.
“At no charge, an individual can also have these credit bureaus place a ‘fraud alert’ on their file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify their identity prior to granting credit in their name.
The contact information for the major consumer reporting agencies is:
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348
P.O. Box 2002
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022
More information on steps to take is available from the Federal Trade Commission or the state Attorney General.
For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-9001; (919) 716-6400; and www.ncdoj.gov. The Federal Trade Commission can be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; www.ftc.gov/idtheft/; 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261.
Information is also avilable at www.theouterbankshospital.com/
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO REVIEW PLANS FOR AN OUTER BANKS EVENT CENTER
County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.
Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.
Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.