Hacker may have obtained 43,000 Froedtert patients' information

CREATED Feb 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 14, 2013

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WAUKESHA - A computer hacker may have information on 43,000 patients at Froedtert Hospital and some of its clinics.

The hospital says a letter went out to patients earlier this week, but Froedtert learned about the breach in December.

The investigation took several weeks after a computer hacker may have gathered information on up to 43,000 patients.

Froedtert says someone found a computer virus which may have allowed someone to access patient files through a staff member's computer.

Now, they find no evidence to indicate that no one wrongfully accessed any patient information.

They say no patient's financial or medical records were accessed or affected.

However, they can't say or rule out the possibility that someone obtained other information like:
- Patient names
- Dates of birth
- Insurance information
- Social security numbers

Froedtert says it deeply regrets any concerns patients may have, but the hospital is notifying them as a precaution.

"The risk to these patients is small, but notifying them is the right thing to do. We're very sorry for any concerns this may cause. Unfortunately, such computer attacks are increasingly common, affecting organizations worldwide. We are reviewing our information security practices to help prevent this from happening again," said spokeswoman Kathy Seija in a statement.

"We here about it elsewhere in the country, and it's just too bad that it's happened here close to home," said Merrick Wells, who uses Froedtert Hospital.

"You're always surprised to hear that something like that has been compromised."

People with questions can click here for more information from Froedtert Hospital or call 1-855-770-0006, with reference code 5764020813, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.