HCA patients affected by historic data breach brace for impact of stolen information

Since HCA’s announcement in early July that 11 million patients across its network had personal data compromised during its massive data breach, the health system is facing a mounting number of class action lawsuits from patients across the country.


As the corporation continues to downplay the breach – insisting that the compromised data does not include clinical or payment data, driver’s licenses or social security numbers – patients who have had their information stolen are preparing for the host of fraudulent schemes that HCA has exposed them to.


NPR points out that information around dates and locations of service along with personal information like name, address, date of birth, and phone numbers (all of which were among compromised HCA patient data) can lead to fraudulent billing or identity theft. See a list of HCA hospitals affected by the breach.