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Covenant HealthCare is responding to a data security breach.
The hospital said an unauthorized party gained access to two Covenant employee email accounts.
Covenant said around 45,000 people's information could have potentially been compromised in the data breach.
After learning about the issue, the hospital started an investigation and is working with outside cybersecurity professionals.
According to a forensics investigation and document review, the hospital learned on Dec. 21 that the impacted email accounts were accessed on May 4.
The impacted email accounts contained some personal information. That includes names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, medical diagnosis and clinical information, medical treatment, prescription information, doctors’ names, medical record numbers, patient account numbers, and medical insurance information.
Covenant has notified the impacted individuals directly through the mail. However, the hospital couldn’t find contact information for all of those impacted.
For additional questions or information on this incident, call (855) 544-0566 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m.
Covenant said it has no evidence that any of the information has been misused.
“We deeply apologize that this incident occurred and will take additional actions to maintain the privacy of personal information in our possession,” Covenant wrote in a statement. “We are committed to keeping your personal information safe and pledge to continually evaluate and modify our practices and internal controls to enhance security and privacy.”
Anyone who needs to place a fraud alert or security freeze on their credit files can find instructions on Covenant’s website.
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