California health system to alert 900+ patients of phishing incident

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Ventura, Calif.-based Community Memorial Health System plans to notify patients after discovering a phishing scam possibly exposed their personal information, the Ventura County Star reports.

An employee's email account was compromised in a phishing scam June 22, according to Community Memorial Health System officials. The employee alerted the IT department the following day, and upon learning the email account contained patient information July 7, the health system engaged a forensic consultant.

The email account contained personal information related to 959 individuals, including patient names, medical record numbers, dates of service and some Social Security numbers. The consultant determined it was unlikely personal information was accessed as a result of the phishing incident, according to the Ventura County Star.

Community Memorial Health System will offer affected patients free identity protection and credit monitoring services for 24 months.

Editor's note: Becker's Hospital Review reached out to Community Memorial Health System for comment and will update as more information becomes available.

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