Atrium breach exposes millions of patient records

A data breach has exposed the records of roughly 2.65 million patients of Atrium Health, a healthcare system in North Carolina and South Carolina. Medical records were not accessed.

Information breached may include billing information, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, The Charlotte Observer reported. The hack impacted Atrium’s billing vendor, AccuDoc. Of the millions impacted, about 700,000 patients may have had their Social Security numbers compromised, according to the report.

The breach incident took place between September 22 and 29, with AccuDoc becoming aware of it Oct. 1.

Healthcare cyber-breaches can cost organizations millions of dollars and is an area of improvement for many executives. Recently Anthem, a health insurance provider, was required to pay $16 million after a data breach exposed the protected health information of nearly 79 million people.

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