Data breach at Columbus Community Hospital

COLUMBUS (WKOW) — Columbus Community Hospital says patients’ personal information may have been shared in an email scam.

The hospital says names, account numbers, insurer information and social security numbers may have been compromised.

According to a release, the hospital was notified on April 8 that a phishing email campaign may have allowed someone to access personal information within the email account of an employee at a claims management company, which provides services to Columbus Community Hospital, among other providers.

On May 24, Columbus Community Hospital says that the claims management company started mailing notifications to each patient impacted, which included resources like fraud consultation and identity theft restoration services.

In a statement, Columbus Community Hospital CEO John Russell said:

“The hospital takes the privacy and security of its patient information very seriously, and ensures that its business associates do as well. We will continue to ensure that OS does all that it can do to work with our patients whose personal information may have been compromised and help them work through the process. We regret that this incident has occurred, and we are committed to work with our business partners to prevent future such occurrences. We appreciate our patients’ support during this time.”

The hospital says you should call their assistance line at (866) 775-4209 if you think you were affected.

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