LSU Health says thousands may have had personal information exposed to hackers

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — LSU Health announced that thousands of patients may have had their personal information exposed to hackers after a cyber intrusion into one of its employees emails.

The data breach affected patients at the following hospitals: Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence; Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma; W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center in Lake Charles; and the former Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge; Bogalusa Medical Center in Bogalusa; University Medical Center in Lafayette; and Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans

Officials say it happened on Sept. 15; however, they are not sure if the intruder actually accessed or miscued patient information.

LSU Health says they have started reaching out to patients whose information may have been compromised, including names.

Medical record numbers, health information, social security numbers, and for some, bank account numbers could have been exposed.

The Health System is urging those who could have been affected to keep track of their credit reports for potential identity theft.

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