JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi State Department of Health is notifying people of the accidental release of patient information.
The agency says letters were to sent to people notifying them protected health information, including names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and lab results are included.
The information was provided to J. Michael Consulting, a contractor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The department's news release says the information was not meant to be shared.
On January 30, MSDH says it became aware of an employee unknowingly emailing a spreadsheet with the information. The email was sent on January 25.
The department says the people who received the email deleted the information and they do not think the personal information was ever viewed by anyone.
Because the email was sent unprotected, there is the possibility someone could misuse it and MSDH says it is increasing security.
If a client was treated at the Mississippi State Department of Health or any of its clinics in 2017 and is concerned about possible unauthorized disclosure of information, they may contact Nicole Litton or Christin Williams at (866)-458-4948 or 601-576-7874.
The MSDH recommends contacting the three major credit card companies to check your financial information: Equifax (800)-525-6285, Experian (888)-397-3742, and TransUnion (800)-680-7289.
The Mississippi State Department of Health will offer free credit monitoring protection for one year, for clients whose information was included in the spreadsheet.
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