Not in the eyebrow, but in the eye: the leakage of data from an ophthalmic software provider affected millions of patients


At least 23 ophthalmological institutions were affected by the data leak of Eye Care Leaders, a company that sells software solutions for ophthalmology and optometry. The company announced the leak back in December 2021.

Eye Care Leaders disabled the hacked systems within 24 hours after the leak was detected, but the attackers still managed to gain access to databases and files with patient information. Potentially compromised information includes:

  • The names;

  • Addresses;

  • Dates of birth;

  • Paul;

  • Phone numbers;

  • Email addresses;

  • Driver’s license numbers;

  • Health insurance data;

  • Medical card numbers;

  • Social Security numbers;

  • Medical information related to eye treatment.

“The examination showed that the databases and files compromised during the incident did not contain banking and financial data,” reads the letter sent to patients of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC). According to a statement from TTUHSC, Eye Care Leaders reported a leak of customer data on April 19.

TTUHSC informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the data leak of more than 1.29 million patients. But as of June 19, this number has grown to 2.2 million patients. Experts believe that the total number of victims may be much higher, because Eye Care Leaders has collaborated with many clinics throughout the United States.

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