Medical records for some patients from CHRISTUS Spohn medical centers in Corpus Christi were among the items stolen from an employee, the organization reported.
According to a press release from CHRISTUS Spohn, the incident happened back on April 16, 2018, when an employee was the victim of a burglary that led to the theft of their personal belongings.
Among those belongings were medical information for "some patients who received services" from CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline.
An official confirmed that around 1,800 patients who may have been impacted were being contacted regarding the incident.
The stolen information reportedly included names, medical record numbers, account numbers, date-of-birth, date-of-services, diagnoses, gender, ages and other medical data. However, officials said social security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial information were not among the information stolen.
CHRISTUS Spohn said it had no evidence that patients’ information was subject to any actual misuse, but is investigating the matter as well as notifying affected individuals.
Officials with the health organization said that a thorough investigation of the theft had taken "extensive time and resources" to ensure its accuracy. It has also taken new measures to prevent similar incidents in the future. The employee involved was "re-educated on measures to safeguard protected health information."
CHRISTUS Spohn said it had also informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the incident and has established a call center to answer questions.
For more information, call 855-206-9777 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.