Cyber Attack Targets Local Medical Records -- Eic Alvarez
Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 06:22 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A cyber attack put the personal information of 4.5 million medical patients at risk.
Franklin-based Community Health Systems, which works with 206 hospitals in 29 states says its computers were hacked.
Nineteen of those hospitals are in Tennessee. Four are in Kentucky.
"As soon as I get home, I'm going to make some phone calls and get on the internet and see what of my information is out there to who knows where, and I'm going to take the steps to protect myself," said Gail Moore, a former patient at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
The company says the hackers did not access patients' medical or financial information
The company released the following statement:
"Community Health Systems takes seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we have taken additional steps to protect against future intrusions of this type."
A spokesperson said the company has cyber/privacy liability insurance, and the company does not believe this incident will have a material adverse effect on their business or financial results.