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Yale New Haven Health announces Elekta breach

Friday, July 23, 2021

New Haven, CT (July 23, 2021) –Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) today announced that it is among the large number of organizations affected by an Elekta data breach. Elekta is a software company the hospital has long used for data storage for the health system.

Unfortunately, the occurrence and sophistication of cybercrimes has increased significantly in recent years. This particular breach was part of a global security incident that affected at least 40 of Elekta’s healthcare clients. Elekta experienced an unauthorized access to its systems between April 2 and April 20, 2021. Following an investigation by Elekta, YNHHS was subsequently notified by Elekta on May 26, 2021 of the access to its patient data. YNHHS immediately undertook an extensive internal investigation to determine what information was potentially exposed and which people were affected.

Certain demographic information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, Social Security numbers, treatment locations and preferred languages were included in the Elekta databases related to the incident. There is also a small subset of the population where financial information may have been exposed. All those involved will be notified by mail and those whose financial information may have been exposed will be offered complimentary credit monitoring service. As this cyberattack was on Elekta’s system, the attackers never, at any time, had access to the Yale New Haven Health’s electronic medical record system.

Yale New Haven Health truly regrets any inconvenience this has caused. As a premier healthcare provider, we strive to demonstrate respect for patients and our community and to always safeguard that information. Letters have been mailed to all those whose information was involved in this incident and if anyone has any concern, they can call 855-545-1957.

Additional information related to the Elekta breach can be found here.

Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in Connecticut, is recognized for advanced clinical care, quality, service, cost effectiveness and commitment to improving the health status of the communities it serves. YNHHS includes five hospitals – Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly and Yale New Haven hospitals, several specialty networks and Northeast Medical Group, a non-profit medical foundation with several hundred community-based and hospital-employed physicians. YNHHS is affiliated with Yale University and Yale Medicine, the clinical practice of the Yale School of Medicine and the largest academic multi-specialty practice in New England. Yale New Haven Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of Yale School of Medicine. www.ynhhs.org

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