McCoy Vision Center Notifies Patients of Third-Party Data Security Incident
McCoy Vision Center has become aware of a third party data security incident that may have resulted in unauthorized access to the sensitive personal information of some of our patients. In 2021, McCoy Vision Center was using the electronic medical records platform “myCare Integrity,” which was provided by the practice performance company Eye Care Leaders (“ECL”). This incident has affected eye care practices across the country, and is not specific to McCoy Vision Center. There is no evidence of any attempted or actual misuse of any personal information. However, out of an abundance of caution, McCoy Vision Center is notifying, via mail, any patient whose information may have been stored on the myCare Integrity system at the time of a data security incident, and providing resources to help protect potentially affected individuals. This data security incident occurred entirely within Eye Care Leaders’ network environment, and there were no other remedial actions available to McCoy Vision Center.
According to Eye Care Leaders, on or around December 4, 2021, an unauthorized party accessed myCare Integrity data and deleted databases and system configuration files. According to Eye Care Leaders, upon identifying the activity, Eye Care Leaders' incident response team immediately stopped the unauthorized access and began investigating the incident. Notably, there was no evidence that this incident involved unauthorized access to any of McCoy Vision Center’s patient records.
However, a lack of available forensic evidence prevented Eye Care Leaders from ruling out the possibility that some protected health information and personally identifiable information may have been exposed to the bad actor. As stated above, there was no evidence that this information was actually accessed by the bad actor.
As of this writing, McCoy Vision Center has not received any reports of identity theft related to this incident. However, in the interest of complete transparency, the information present during the period of unauthorized access may have included our patients’ name, address, date of birth, social security number, diagnostic information, and health insurance information.
McCoy Vision Center is providing a toll free number, 1 (855) 503-3412, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding all major U.S. Holidays., if any current or former patients have questions.McCoy Vision Center sincerely regrets any inconvenience or concern that this matter may cause, and remains dedicated to ensuring the privacy and security of all information in our control.
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Doctor McCoy is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. McCoy is a diplomat for the American Board of Medical Examiners and a fellow for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr McCoy is licensed in the State of Alabama. Dr McCoy has been practicing general ophthalmology and performing cataract surgery for over 21 years. Dr McCoy operates at The Surgery Center of Huntsville, Huntsville Hospital, and Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro.
A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Swartz attended Indiana University School of Optometry. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Swartz pursued a master’s degree in physiological optics. Dr. Swartz earned her Fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry and Diplomate from the American Board of Optometry, concentrating on co-management and anterior segment disease. She has authored 7 textbooks, edited a Peer-Review column for Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, and serves on the editorial board for Optometry Times and Presbyopia Physician.