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3.7 Million Patient Records Breached
In yet another case of healthcare organizations falling prey to hackers, Banner Health announced a cyberattack recently occurred on servers that process food and beverage payments and contain patient records. The records and credit card information of up to 3.7 million patients, insurance plan members, doctors, and other providers were compromised in the largest healthcare data breach of 2016.
Compromised information includes patient names, addresses, and birth dates; physician names, dates of service, and clinical information; health insurance information; and Social Security numbers. At Banner Health food and beverage locations, credit card holder names, card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes used between June 23 and July 7 were compromised.
At press time, Banner Health officials did not know the scope of patient records compromised and how far back the records go. There have not been any reports of the hackers using the stolen information. Banner Health is offering free one-year credit monitoring services.