PRMC learns of computer breach

Although a server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina, the hospital administrator expects no ill consequences.

Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said the hospital was notified Sept. 24 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which developed the software PRMC uses to send follow-up letters to mammography patients, discovered an electronic security breach had occurred in 2007.

The breached files contained names, Social Security numbers and in many cases, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, demographic information, insurance status and health history, according to a written statement from the medical center.

Although there have been no reports of problems, Skabelund said the hacker would have been able to see the data. It’s impossible to tell if the information was extracted or recorded, he said.


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