Memorial Hospital warns patients of December data breach

Memorial Hospital warns patients of December data breach
Officials with Memorial Hospital at Gulfport are warning that some patient information, including social security numbers, may have been recently compromised.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Officials with Memorial Hospital at Gulfport are warning that some patient information, including social security numbers, may have been compromised.

A spokesperson from the hospital said someone gained access to an employee’s email account on December 6, 2018, which enabled them to access patients names, dates of birth, health insurance, and other information. The hospital learned of the unauthorized access 11 days later.

A statement sent to the media from Memorial Hospital said, “MHG immediately took steps to secure the account and began an investigation, which determined that patient information was contained in the email account and may have included patients’ names, dates of birth, health insurance information and/or information about medical care received at MHG. A limited number of Social Security numbers were also contained within the email account.”

Patients who may be affected began receiving letters this week from the hospital offering complimentary credit monitoring and identity protection. Memorial Hospital recommends that patients review statements they receive from their health care providers and health insurers. If they see charges or services not incurred or received, they should contact the insurer or provider immediately.

The incident is still under investigation and even more patients could be notified in the coming weeks. If you have questions, you can call the hospital at 1-833-231-3353, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Memorial Hospital officials said they are "enhancing information security safeguards to help prevent an incident such as this from occurring in the future.”

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