LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A day after Community Health Systems announced that a data breach at hospitals had resulted in hackers stealing identification data from 4.5 million patients, officials with Lufkin's Woodland Heights Medical Center released a list of local clinics that could potentially have been affected.
Woodland Heights officials released the list on Tuesday.
"The data breach reported on yesterday affected some of the patients of several local physician practices and clinics," a press release stated. "All affected patients are being notified by letter over the next several days and offered free identity theft protection."
The clinics that could have been affected by the data breach in April and June include: Woodland Heights Cardiothoracic Associates, Woodland Heights family Practice, Woodland Height Family Practice at Gaslight, Woodland Heights Internal Medicine, Woodland Heights Primary Care at Livingston, and Women's Health Specialists.
"We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients," said Jennifer Stevens, a spokeswoman for Woodland Heights Medical Center. "We are working with federal law enforcement authorities in their investigation and will support prosecution of those responsible for this attack."
Community Health Systems, which operates Longview Regional Medical Center and Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, says hackers gained access to patients' names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birth dates, and telephone numbers. The hack affects patients who were seen at physician practices and clinics affiliated with the hospitals over the past five years.
The company confirmed that the compromised data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information.
In a statement that was released Monday, Community Health Services said they were able to remove the malware from their systems and implemented safeguards to protect against future attacks. A company contracted by CHS to investigate the breach says the attack originated in China by a group using highly sophisticated technology to attach Community Health Services' systems.
Community Health Services operates hospitals in 28 states, with the largest number operating in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas