Marshalltown patients affected by UnityPoint computer breach

A computer breach which may have exposed personal and financial information of 1.4 million current and former UnityPoint Health patients in all regions may have also impacted Central Iowa patients served by UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown.

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown press releases have said UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown’s area serves about 60,000 residents.

In addition to its 49-bed hospital, south-side Medical Park and other services in Marshalltown, UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown also operates medical clinics in Conrad, State Center and Tama.

In an effort to determine the number affected, the T-R was directed to contact Amy Varcoe, UnityPoint Health Marketing Communications Supervisor, Media Relations in Des Moines. The T-R was also told she would answer email inquires only.

“All UnityPoint Health regions were impacted,” said Varcoe in her email reply to the T-R Wednesday. “Patients have received or will receive a letter at their last known home address if their information was affected. To date, we are not aware of any reports of identity fraud, identity theft or improper use of patient information as a result of this incident.”

UnityPoint has notified patients and former patients about the computer breach, according to the AP. UnityPoint Health officials said hackers broke into the company’s email system and could have obtained medical information and possibly financial information, the AP reported.

UnityPoint officials said after the problem was discovered May 31, it hired outside experts and notified the FBI.

UnityPoint Health operates major hospital and medical clinics in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com