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ID theft reported at Jessie Trice health center

Shadera Williams holds the hand of her 3-year-old son, Brian, as they leave the Jessie Trice Community Health Center in 2013, after signing up for the Affordable Care Act. The center had application counselors on hand to help people with the online process.
Shadera Williams holds the hand of her 3-year-old son, Brian, as they leave the Jessie Trice Community Health Center in 2013, after signing up for the Affordable Care Act. The center had application counselors on hand to help people with the online process. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

ID theft reported at Jessie Trice

Jessie Trice Community Health Center, a nonprofit system of health clinics primarily serving the uninsured in Miami-Dade, reported on Monday a data breach by “an identity theft criminal operation” that targeted patients’ personal information, including names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

No medical records were obtained or compromised by the data breach, which was discovered in late July, according to a press release sent on behalf of Jessie Trice centers.

The FBI and IRS are investigating the crime, and Jessie Trice reports that administrators have notified the system’s 7,888 potentially compromised patients, and retained a data breach response vendor to work with affected patients.

Jessie Trice officials said they also have implemented new procedures and protocols to protect patient information and reduce future risks of identity theft.

— DANIEL CHANG

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