From late Friday, Olmsted Medical Center's latest "proactive announcement" on the data breach:
Situation update as of 15:00 CST Friday, Feb. 7:
· Our ongoing investigation has yet to produce any evidence that employee or patient health information was compromised in this illegal incident, such as employee or patient protected health information (PHI), medical records, as well as financial institution accounting/routing numbers.
· OMC made available temporary space, knowledgeable personnel, and secure connectivity at several OMC locations beginning at 10:00 AM this morning to help employees register for one year of LegalShield identity protection paid for by Olmsted Medical Center. As of 15:00 CST today, 453 current OMC employees have initiated the LegalShield registration process.
· OMC reiterated its recommendation that IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, should be completed and submitted per form instructions by current and former employees who have been notified about the breach, as well as for spouses/partners and dependents whose personal information was contained in OMC’s employee database.
· Given the worldwide trend of recent activities involving the use of illegally obtained personal information to attempt tax fraud, OMC now recommends that all current and former employees who have been notified by OMC of this breach complete filing their 2013 Federal income tax returns as soon as possible as an additional preventive measure.
· OMC continued, and plans to continue until further notice, DAILY written communication with employees regarding the data breach incident, OMC’s ongoing response activities, and any information that may be helpful in preventing or limiting adverse effects resulting from compromised employee personal information.
· OMC published a schedule of 30-minute identity-theft-prevention info sessions for OMC employees, led by a Rochester City Police Department Advanced Crime Prevention/CPTED Specialist, during the week of Feb. 10-14.
Again, we continue treating this incident as a criminal act, and some of our public-facing communications will be framed/shaped by confidentiality and legal requirements related to an ongoing investigation. OMC will provide you with further updates with additional relevant information as it becomes available. Given the extremely sensitive and rapidly evolving nature of information associated with this event, as well as the related criminal investigation, OMC will not be providing live or recorded interviews on this topic until further notice.