Police are investigating another case of identity theft involving a health network. As many as 13 hospitals could be affected by this data breach. Law enforcement allege that an employee was stealing names, Social Security numbers, payment information and healthcare data for more than a year undetected.
The Merit Health system based in Jackson, Mississippi, informed its customers of the breach after an employee was discovered to be involved in an identity theft scandal and was stealing information about customers.
Law enforcement officials uncovered that the employee was sneaking into the IT systems and taking records of patients in the following hospitals from February 2013 to June of this year:
- Merit Health Batesville
- Merit Health Biloxi
- Merit Health Central
- Merit Health Gilmore Memorial
- Merit Health Madison
- Merit Health Natchez
- Merit Health Natchez - Community Campus
- Merit Health Northwest Mississippi
- Merit Health Rankin
- Merit Health River Oaks
- Merit Health River Region
- Merit Health Wesley
- Merit Health Woman's Hospital
If you are a patient of any of these facilities from February 2013 to June 2015, call the number listed below the hospital name and ask if your information is at risk and how to proceed.
This isn't the first time a hospital has been target in a hack, and it probably won't be the last. So we'll keep you up to date about this issue, as well as all other breaches, scams, bugs and hackings, so stay tuned to what's Happening Now.