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We are posting this statement on our website as a precautionary measure and as part of our commitment to patient privacy. Altus Baytown Hospital and its affiliates and related entities (collectively, “ABH”) take our patients’ privacy seriously, and it is important to us that you and the community that we serve are made fully aware of a recent incident which potentially involves personal information of ABH patients.
On approximately September 3, 2018, we discovered that an unauthorized party gained access to our computer system and infected the system with malware. The malware encrypted many of ABH’s records (which made them inaccessible to ABH) to extort money from ABH. This is commonly referred to as “ransomware.” Although our electronic health records were not impacted, some of the affected files contained patient information, including patient names, home addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, driver license numbers, credit card information, phone numbers, and medical information.
Shortly after we learned of the incident, we began an internal investigation and hired an outside consultant to assist us in decrypting and recovering our records. As a result of our investigation, ABH believes that the records were simply encrypted and there is currently no indication that the information itself has otherwise been accessed or used by any unauthorized individual.
Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that all patients of ABH take immediate steps to protect themselves from any potential misuse of their information: