Tampa Surgery Center suffers data breach: 5 things to know

Last month, officials told Tampa Bay Surgery Center an unauthorized third party posted patient data to a public online file-sharing site, according to Health IT Security.

Here are five things to know:

1. The site has removed the file.

2. The surgery center is conducting an ongoing investigation into the security incident.

3. The third party possibly accessed information such as patient names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers. The website did not contain any medical or procedure information.

4. The ASC issued letters to those who were potentially exposed and is offering free identity theft protection services to those affected.

5. Health IT Security reports Tampa Bay Surgery Center said it does not have any reason to believe the third party or any other individual misused the information.

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