Philadelphia ambulance patients may be at risk after an employee with an ambulance billing company disclosed account information in a fraudulent IRS tax return scheme in 2012.
Advanced Data Processing Inc., which conducts business under the alias Intermedix, said the breach affected more than 20 agencies in 17 states, including the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services unit that provides ambulance services throughout the city.
While the data breach occurred from Feb. 1 through Sept. 4, 2012, fire department officials say they only learned of the stolen data on Feb. 3, 2015 when Florida authorities only discovered a sheet of paper containing the three-year-old EMS account information during an arrest.
The rogue Intermedix employee illegally distributed patient names, birth dates, social security numbers, dates of service and names of the primary health insurance carrier, according to the billing company.
If you received EMS services in 2012 during the data breach, you can visit the fire department’s website for more information.