By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Officials say there has been a data breach at Huntington Hospital.

The hospital notified about 13,000 patients that their personal information was illegally accessed.

Administrators said a night shift employee had allegedly improperly accessed electronic medical patient records between October 2018 and February 2019.

That hospital worker has since been fired and is charged with a criminal HIPAA violation.

As a precaution, Huntington Hospital is offering affected patients complimentary identity theft protection services.

CBSNewYork Team