Thousands of patients affected in California hospital data breach

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A Long Beach Memorial Medical Center employee may be responsible for a data breach that is said to have affected thousands of patients.

How many victims? 2,864.

What type of personal information? Names, genders, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, insurance information and reasons for admission.

What happened?  The California hospital said private information for patients seen between September 2012 and June was accessed by an employee.

What was the response? The hospital notified all potentially affected patients and law enforcement. Patients are being offered one year of free credit monitoring services.

Details: The hospital reviewed its computer security procedures and determined its network had not been breached. An investigation is ongoing with the Long Beach Police Department. No arrest has been made.

Quote: “At this time, there is no reason to believe the information was used in a malicious manner or one that would impact quality of patient care,” the hospital said in a statement.

Source: The Press-Telegram, presstelegram.com, “Patient data may have been breached at Long Beach hospital,” July 12, 2013.

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