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6 Heartland hospitals included in hospital system hack

(KFVS/CNN) - Personal information of patients of the Community Health Systems hospitals could be in the hands of hackers.

More than 200 hospitals, including six in the Heartland, may be impacted by this cyber attack.

It includes Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Red Bud Regional Hospital, Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, and clinics with the Union County Hospital in Anna.

Mary Nash-Swink, director of Marketing/Community Services Coordinator, at Union County Hospital released the following information about clinics that are impacted.

"Limited personal identification data belonging to some patients who were seen at the Union County Family Practice Clinic, Union County Podiatry Clinic, Union County General Surgery Clinic and Convenient Care Clinic over the past five years was transferred out of our organization in a criminal cyber-attack by a foreign-based intruder. The transferred information did not include any medical information or credit card information, but it did include names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers. Union County Hospital patients were not affected by the data breach."

The organization operates 206 hospitals in 29 states across the country. Hackers in China have stolen data on 4.5 million patients sometime in April and June.

Information taken by hackers includes patient names, addresses, birth dates, phone and Social Security numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years is affected. People who were referred there by a doctor are also impacted.

The large data breach puts these people at heightened risk of identity fraud.

Experts say you can do a Google search of yourself every once in a while. Make sure no credit cards have been opened in your name. Make sure there are no unusual charges to your account and be vigilant.

The company is notifying the victims, and will offer them identity theft protection services.

The company says hackers took information on 4.5 million patients in April and June of this year.

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