Texas hospital data breached in third-party phishing attack

Amarillo-based Northwest Texas Healthcare System is notifying patients that some of their protected health information was compromised when its consulting company Adelanto HealthCare Ventures was targeted by a phishing attack. 

On Nov. 5, 2021, Adelanto HealthCare Ventures learned that two of its employee email accounts had been targeted by a phishing attack. It wasn't until Aug. 19, 2022, that the company discovered that protected health information may have been compromised as a result of the breach. 

On Jan. 28, the company notified Northwest Texas Healthcare System that some of their patient information may have been involved in the breach, according to a March 29 breach notification from the health system. 

The health system launched its own investigation and determined that the following patient information may have been compromised: names, ages, patient account numbers, admission and discharge dates, insurance carriers and balance information. 

Northwest Texas Healthcare System said no financial information or Social Security numbers were compromised. 

On March 29, the health system began notifying all affected individuals. 

Northwest Texas Healthcare System did not disclose how many patients were affected by the breach.

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