CoxHealth says burglars stole data of 80 patients

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - CoxHealth says data of about 80 patients were stolen during a burglary at one of its clinics last week. The company this week sent letters to the patients and offered them free credit protection for one year.

A CoxHealth representative said Wednesday that the burglary at its Primrose OB/GYN Clinic was discovered on March 22. It says the Springfield Police Department was immediately notified and an investigation is ongoing.

The letter to affected patients says the burglars got into a safe and stole "patient fee slips" that have patients' names, addresses, insurance information, dates of birth, diagnoses, and health care provider's names, but not Social Security numbers. It says CoxHealth believes the burglars were after petty cash and other items of value, not patient data, but it is taking steps to try to make sure such a theft can't happen again. It says it notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as required by law.

A CoxHealth representative says the only affected patients are those who visited the clinic on March 21, the day prior to the burglary.