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Local clinics included in data breach

Olmsted Medical Center is responding to a breach of employee information that could include workers at the Rochester-based health care provider’s Cannon Falls and Pine Island branches.

The organization is operating on the assumption that Cannon Falls and Pine Island employees are affected and is urging them to take steps to monitor and protect their personal information online, a company spokesman said.

“On Monday Feb. 3, 2014, Olmsted Medical Center became aware of unlawful and unauthorized electronic access to information stored in OMC’s employee database,” according to a news release.

An update from the company Thursday said there is no evidence the compromised data includes employee or patient health information, medical records or financial accounting and routing numbers.

OMC revealed it is working with the FBI’s Cyber Crimes division and computer forensics experts to determine the origin of the breach.

There were rumors the breach was caused internally by an employee, but the company has no evidence of that, according to the update.

The incident affects employees living in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Oregon, the release continues.

OMC announced Thursday it was taking the following steps to safeguard employees:

•Allocate temporary space in OMC facilities for employees to request alerts from credit-reporting agencies, file IRS Identity Theft Affidavits and change certain online account passwords;

•Partner with Rochester police’s Advanced Crime Prevention specialist to conduct identity theft educational sessions for employees starting next week.

“Olmsted Medical Center considers this incident an extremely serious, unlawful and unauthorized breach of private and privileged information, and is aggressively investigating the event,” according to a statement.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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