Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Palomar Health and its facilities, Palomar Continuing Care Center in Escondido and The Villas at Poway (Villa Pomerado), regarding its recent data breach. The Palomar Health data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information and protected health information belonging to an undetermined number of individuals.
ABOUT PALOMAR HEALTH:
Palomar Health is a healthcare provider in the North San Diego area. Accordingly, Palmar Health provides medical services in primary care, urgent care, emergency services, cardiovascular care, cancer, women’s health, orthopedics, behavioral health, rehabilitation services, and more through its two medical centers in Escondido and Poway, California. Additionally, Palomar Health operates a number of outpatient centers, specialty care facilities, and skilled nursing homes, including Palomar Continuing Care Center in Escondido and The Villas at Poway (Villa Pomerado). Founded in 1948, Palomar Health employs over 5,000 individuals and treats over 500,000 people.
Recently, Palomar Health was notified that its vendor, PharMerica, experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information and protected health information in its systems may have been accessed and acquired. Through its investigation, PharMerica determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed and obtained this sensitive information between March 12 and 13, 2023 by launching a ransomware attack. This sensitive information included information belonging to individuals who received services at Palomar Continuing Care Center in Escondido and The Villas at Poway (Villa Pomerado) between 2001 and 2020. On June 21, 2023, Palomar Health began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Medical information (e.g., medications)
- Health insurance information
If you received a breach notification letter from Palomar Health:
We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were impacted by the Palomar Health data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.
- Carefully review any breach notice and retain a copy;
- Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Palomar Health or PharMerica Corporation;
- Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
- Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
- Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
- Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.