Fairfax Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, or Fairfax OMS, is a dental surgery practice with several locations throughout Virginia. The company serves patients in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland and offers care to a large number of patients. To conduct its business, the company must manage significant healthcare information, which is why it's unsettling to learn it recently suffered from a major data breach.
We don't know specifically how the data breach was able to occur, but we know that Fairfax OMS was breached by hackers that found a way into its data files. A significant amount of medical and personal data was available for a huge number of patients within those files.
The breach was reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 14, 2023. It's likely the company knew about the breach for a few weeks before it was reported.
More than 208,000 patients that provided data to Fairfax OMS at one point are all at risk because of this data breach. Anyone that used the facility in the past should start taking steps to protect their information and credit. Consider credit monitoring services for your protection.
There isn't a count for the number of Farfax OMS files that were lost in this breach. It's possible thousands of files were involved, but if the information was held in spreadsheets or databases, the losses could have occurred with just a few different files.