Patient Information Leaked Due to Valley Baptist Medical Center Security Breach

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville and Harlingen announced that it is reviewing an internal investigation into a data security incident involving personal patient information.

According to a hospital press release, the incident involves the personal information of certain Texas residents.

As part of an ongoing investigation, it was discovered that on June 14, an unauthorized third party
was able to access personal information contained in a system within the Valley Baptist Medical Center network.

According to the statement, the unauthorized activity occurred between March 31 and April 24. activity,” the statement read.

Authorities say an investigation into the incident was launched immediately. The next steps involved a national forensic society that pledged to help with the investigation and remediation efforts.

Earlier this month, Valley Baptist Medical Center was able to determine which individuals may have had their personal information leaked into the affected system.

Individual personal information may have included one or more of the following:

– Demographic information to identify the patient, such as full name and date of birth

– Health insurance information, such as name of government insurer/payor, policy, and/or group number

– Medical information, such as medical record number, patient account number, dates of service, provider and facility names, medications, and other information about visits, procedures, and diagnoses .

-Social security number, driver’s license number, credit and debit card information, bank account information, and account passwords were not involved in this incident.

Authorities say not all data elements were involved for every individual. Those affected by the security breach are receiving notification letters in the mail.

Law enforcement has been contacted, the statement said. Valley Baptist Medical Center said it was increasing its security to minimize the risk of similar incidents in the future.

However, because contact information for some individuals may be insufficient, notice is also provided on the websites of Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville and Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen, as permitted by HIPAA.

“Individuals are encouraged to carefully review statements sent by healthcare providers and insurance companies to ensure that all account activity is valid,” the statement said. “Any questionable charges should be promptly reported to the provider or company with which the account is maintained.”

Those with questions about this are encouraged to call 1-833-764-0237. For more information, click here.

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