Troy (Ala.) Regional Medical Center has notified 880 patients of a data breach that includes names, addresses, dates of birth, medical record numbers and Social Security numbers. There are strong indications that an identity theft ring was behind the breach, yet the hospital is offering affected patients only one paid year of identity protection services.

Obviously, financial considerations have to come into play as a health care organization tries to recover from a major breach of protected information, and Troy Regional is a 47-bed facility without a ton of resources. But while the hospital hasn't responded to a request for additional comment, there also are indications that the breached information was on paper, so the incident could have been an inside job.

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