Catholic Health Initiatives has notified nearly 12,000 patients in five states following an email phishing scam that compromised protected health information.

A small number of employees in CHI-owned health systems responded to emails believing they were legitimate requests for information from the parent company, but actually were from scammers who had accessed some CHI email accounts. Protected information that may have been in the email responses included name, address, date of birth, telephone number, treating physician or department, diagnosis, treatment, medical record number, medical service code and health insurance information, according to the organization.

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