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Hospital Says Patient Info Exposed After Phishing Incident

An electronic health records mock-up from EHRSeeWhatWeMean.org is shown (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
An electronic health records mock-up from EHRSeeWhatWeMean.org is shown (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A Massachusetts hospital says a data breach exposed information about some 12,000 patients.

Baystate Health of Springfield said Monday that a phishing incident resulted in unauthorized access to the email accounts of several employees between Feb. 7 and March 7.

The hospital says the accounts included patient names and dates of birth, certain health information and, in some cases, Medicare or Social Security numbers.

Baystate says it has received no indication that any of the patient information was misused. But they are urging patients that were affected by the breach to review statements from their providers and insurers to ensure they were not billed for services that they did not receive.

The hospital is also offering some patients one year of free credit monitoring and identity protection.

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