ATLANTA-- Emory Health Care says computer hackers lifted at least 77 patient records with personal information from its orthopedic clinic off North Druid Hills.
As a precaution, Emory spokesperson Jeffrey Molter says a letter dated February 14, 2011 was sent to 2,400 patients alerting them of the security breach.
In it, the company warns that information stolen "included name, Social Security Number, address, date of brith ad/or limited health information".
It was federal authorties who tipped off Emory about the stolen records.
Molter would not appear on camera for an interview because he said there is an ongoing criminal investigation, but 11Alive News did conduct a phone interview.
"According to the IRS this information appears to have been subsequently used for the filing of fraudulent federal tax returns with the intent of collecting associated tax returns," Molter said.
Patients of The Emory Clinic Section of Orthpedics at Emory Healthcare who receive the warning letter are being advised to place fraud alerts on their credit reports and sign up for identity theft protection. Emory says it will cover the costs.