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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Notified of Data Breach Involving Business Associate’s Electronic Prescription Platform

July 9, 2021

New Brunswick, N.J. – July 9, 2021 – Elekta, Inc. (“Elekta”), a business associate of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, experienced a recent data security incident. On May 13, 2021 Saint Peter’s was informed by Elekta about a breach of Protected Health Information (PHI) involving the Elekta electronic prescription platform, eRx, used by physicians in the Radiation Oncology Department. The investigation into the matter has confirmed that 585 Saint Peter’s patients have been impacted.

On or about April 6, 2021, Elekta’s first-generation cloud-based storage system experienced a data security incident. Immediately upon learning of this incident, Elekta engaged a forensic investigator to determine the nature and scope of the suspicious activity. Elekta also notified its customers, inducing Saint Peter’s, of the incident. On April 28, 2021, the forensic investigation confirmed that there was access to PHI as a result of the incident. While the forensics investigation is still ongoing, out of an abundance of caution, Elekta must conclude that all data within Elekta’s first-generation cloud system was compromised. The compromised system remains shut down to protect patient and customer information and to prevent any further access to Elekta’s system.

According to Elekta, the following types of PHI may have been accessed: full name, social security number, address, date of birth, height, weight, medical diagnosis, medical treatment details, appointment confirmations, and other information. No financial account, credit card, or debit card information was involved in this incident.

“Saint Peter’s University Hospital takes this incident and the security of patient information seriously,” said B.J. Welsh, vice president/chief compliance and privacy officer for Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “Letters have been sent to those Saint Peter’s patients who were affected and as an added precaution, Elekta is offering complimentary access to identity monitoring, fraud consultation, and identity theft restoration services to these patients.”

According to Welsh, immediately after Saint Peter’s was notified, they began working with Elekta to better understand the nature and scope of the incident and coordinate efforts to find alternate ways to send prescriptions to the patients’ pharmacies for continued convenience. Treatment was not impacted in any way and Saint Peter’s continues to work with Elekta to further secure patient information and notify regulatory authorities as required.

Patients who have questions about this incident can call a dedicated assistance line at 866-281-0520, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

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About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.

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