Given the past high-profile data security breaches at large retailers Target and Home Depot, legal officials maintain there may be more at stake for employers and benefit managers when lapses occur in healthcare provider systems.

Over the summer, Community Health Systems, a large publicly-traded hospital company in Franklin, Tenn., disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it was the victim of criminal cyber-attack in April and June. Approximately 4.5 million individuals, who, in the last five years, received services from physicians affiliated with the company, were affected.

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