Data breach at Santa Rosa County Health Department

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Staff reports

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa is issuing a federally required breach notice to patients of its clinics located in District 1, which includes Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

The department completed an investigation and found that an unauthorized user compromised a Children’s Medical Services employee’s Microsoft Outlook 365 account between October 8 – October 16, 2018.

According to DOH, the department immediately reset the employee’s login credentials to terminate any inappropriate account access and promptly reported the event to the Inspector General and the Security Administration Team.

“It is possible that individuals served by the District 1 Child Protection Team may have had their names, psychological, and medical conditions accessed as a result of this incident,” stated a press release. “Currently the department has no reason to believe that client information has been misused.  Nor was there any evidence of access to social security numbers, bank accounts, credit cards or other personal or financial information.”

As a precautionary measure, clients are encouraged to review their credit history for any fraudulent or suspicious activities they have not authorized. A free report can be obtained at If you have had fraudulent activity, contact the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-983-1100.

“The security of personal information is of critical importance to the Department of Health. The Department is committed to safeguarding personal information and to further safeguard the identity of our clients,” stated the release.

If you have any questions, please contact Children’s Medical Services at 850-245-4201 and select option 3.