Data breach at Sentara Healthcare

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Thousands of Sentara patients may have been impacted by a data breach at a third-party vendor.

According to a spokesperson from Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, 5,454 vascular and/or thoracic patients who were seen between 2012 and 2015 have been impacted, most of whom are in the Hampton Roads area.

The Associated Press reports the hospital system was notified of the breach on Nov. 17, and it may include patient names, medical record numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, procedure information, demographic information and medications.

Sentara is working with law enforcement, the vendor and a cybersecurity firm to investigate the breach.

In order to prevent a similar incident in the future, the vendor has told Sentara it is enhancing its system security.

The hospital system is also strengthening policies and procedures as well as investing in technology to protect information systems.

Impacted patients will get letters including information on tools and resources they can use to protect themselves or check for fraudulent incidents.

Those who do not receive a letter but wish to learn if they have been impacted to asked to call (844) 319-0134 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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