Physician-staffing firm email breach exposes 31,000 patients’ data.

An unauthorized user recently accessed several employee email accounts at physician-staffing firm EmCare, compromising personal information from roughly 31,000 patients.

EmCare said it became aware of the data security incident “recently,” leading to an internal investigation. It has engaged a forensic security firm to determine the scope of the breach, according to a notice the company posted online Saturday. EmCare determined on Feb. 19 that the email accounts in question contained patient data, including some names, dates of birth, clinical information and Social Security numbers.

An EmCare spokesperson said the company is not releasing information regarding when it learned of the breach.

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