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UnityPoint faces security breach of 1,800 patient records

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UnityPoint Health is investigating a security breach involving almost 2,000 patient records and some right here in Siouxland.

Hospital officials said in early August, UnityPoint noticed a pattern of unusual access to certain patient data in its electronic medical record system.

They said personal information for about 1,800 patients has been compromised.

72 patients were from UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's in Sioux City.

Officials said patients' basic information like home addresses and dates of birth were viewed.

They also said for less than 10% of those patients, their social security numbers and driver's licenses may have been viewed.

Hospital officials apologized for the security breach.

"We take the security of our patients very seriously and we regret that this happened," said Director of Public Relations and Communications for UnityPoint Health, Laura Sinnard.

UnityPoint believes the individual responsible for this is employed by a third party.

They said the person got the password information from someone who had access to the records.

Access to this system has been changed and hospital officials have told police.

If you are one of individuals whose information was breached, you'll be notified by the hospital.

Authorized users of the electronic medical record system will receive additional education on the policies regarding password safety.

UnityPoint also added they are conducting additional audits to minimize the risk of incidents like this in the future.

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