Sentara Patient Records Part of Cybersecurity Breach

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The Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Sentara Healthcare says more than 5,000 patient records have been compromised after a third-party vendor experienced a cybersecurity breach.

Local media report the breach affected 5,454 vascular and thoracic patients at Sentara hospitals in Virginia seen between 2012 and 2015. According to a news release from Sentara, the accessed information may have included patients’ names, medical record numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, procedure information, demographic information and medications.

The news release says Sentara was notified of the breach on Nov. 17. The company has provided written notice to those affected and established a toll-free number for patients with questions.

Sentara says it is working with law enforcement, the vendor and a cybersecurity firm to investigate.