Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hospital Patient Data Lost

A lesson on losing hospital patient data.

260,000 patient records were accidentally left in a new computer bag by a medical billing contractor who had copied the records onto CDs to work from home. The employee had decided the new recently purchased computer bag was too small and exchanged it at the store leaving the CDs inside. The person who later bought the bag three days later returned the CDs to the hospital system.

According to the article, the hospital system did not believe the data was improperly accessed, but as a precaution, notified patients urging them to monitor their credit.

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