COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The Community Health Sytems says 4.5 million of their patients have had their personal information compromised. That means anyone who might have visited their hospitals, clinics, or even anyone who saw a doctor who has privileges at their one of their facilities. But identity theft expert Carrie Kerskie said you shouldn't panic.
"Wait until you get notification from the hospital that you're information has been included in the data that was compromised."
The company said it thinks it was hacked by a group from China. Officials at Physician's Regional in Naples tell me letters will begin going out this week. While they wouldn't say how many people were impacted here at home, they say if you don't get a letter, your information is safe.
"It's very scary, I dont think we're safe doing business anywhere anymore."
"I don't think theres anything we can really do, I mean me as a human being I can't do anything to prevent it. I can just go to the doctor like I normally do and hope everything's protected."
Even though it was names, addresses, and social security numbers compromised here, not medical records, Doctor Susan Cassidy tells WINK News the level of security, when it comes to medical records should be increased.
"Each office and each institution is going to have to pay a lot of attention to how the risk management folks mantain the security of that data."
The corporation has created a phone number that patients can call with any questions or concerns. The number is 855-205-6951