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Medical records of Texas Health patients may have been exposed in data breach

Medical records, driver’s license and Social Security numbers, and other personal information of  Texas Health Resources patients may have been accessed unlawfully, the Arlington-based health system is warning.

Texas Health is one of North Texas’ largest provider groups with more than 350 community access points. Over 1.7 million patients visit its physician offices annually, public documents show.

In a notice posted Friday, Texas Health said an unauthorized third party may have gained access to email accounts last October. As a result the system says it has begun notifying individual patients in writing. Texas Health system told The Dallas Morning News that fewer than 4,000 people are affected.

The breach in patient data is part of a larger incident affecting multiple U.S. entities said the notice shared to consumers. It did not go into many specifics. Texas Health says law enforcement identified the potential breach in January, but asked that patients not be alerted while an investigation was underway.

“We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this may cause our patients,” said the posting on the website of the Texas Health Physicians Group, which employs approximately 900 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

“Texas Health is continuously working to implement safeguards and enhance information security monitoring,” the system about efforts to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

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