Alabama Department of Public Health Notifying Patients of Potential Data Breach

Patient records from the electronic health record database at the Alabama Department of Public Health have been stolen, prompting the department to notify more than 500 people that their information may be compromised, according to a WAFF report.

Prosecutors believe the information was stolen to file fraudulent tax returns. The potentially compromised information includes names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. There is no evidence that clinical information was disclosed, according to the report.

Samarria Dunson, Alabama Department of Public Health privacy officer, said in the report the records were likely accessed and then printed out by individuals. Ms. Dunson said in the report department officials believe former employees accessed the information, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Personal information was also stolen from military post Fort Benning (Ga.) and the Alabama Department of Corrections.

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