Stolen Computers Contain Patient Information

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Health-care services company, McKesson, is alerting thousands of its patients that their personal information is at risk after two of its computers were stolen from an office.

The company, which helps pharmaceutical manufacturers set up assistance programs for patients in need, sent out a letter alerting patients that the computers were stolen on July 18. The names of the people being alerted were on one of the two PCs, but it’s not known how much of their accompanying identifying information was also contained on the machines.

“Your personal information may have been on one of the two computers that were stolen from a McKesson office,” wrote Patrick Blake, president of McKesson Specialty Pharmaceutical, in the letter to one patient. “At this point, we have not determined if your personal information was on either stolen computer. However, we are taking the precaution of notifying every patient whose information might have been on the computers, just to be safe.”

[Information Week]

Written by MCruz on September 7th, 2007 with no comments.
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Georgia Parents’ Vital Records Found in Trash

The state is warning parents of 140,000 babies that some of their personal and medical information has been exposed because of a security lapse.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources mailed letters Wednesday to the parents of infants born in the state between April 1, 2006, and March 16, 2007, saying records containing their Social Security numbers and information about their medical histories were improperly discarded.

A spokesperson explained that for about a year someone was not shredding the supplemental forms parents are asked to fill out which are used for public health analysis. In the mailed letters, parents are urged to closely monitor their own credit.

Written by MCruz on May 18th, 2007 with 1 comment.
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2.9 Mil Georgia Residents Info Lost

A disk containing the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 2.9 million Medicaid and children’s health care recipients is missing, Georgia health officials said Tuesday.

The state said the security breach was reported by Affiliated Computer Services, a private vendor. ACS did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.


Written by MCruz on April 11th, 2007 with no comments.
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Gulf Coast Medical Center Loses Four Laptops

Four laptop computers with personal information and Social Security numbers on nearly 10,000 Gulf Coast Medical Center patients were stolen recently in two separate incidents, a company official said.

Three laptop computers were stolen from a car in Texas in November, Gulf Coast Medical Center spokesman Rod Whiting said. Those laptops contained the names and personal information of 1,900 patients.

Another laptop was taken from a car in Tallahassee in February. That computer contained the names and personal information of 8,086 patients, Whiting said. “The information is password-protected, so it is highly unlikely that any data was accessed,? Whiting said.

[Pensacola News Journal]

Written by MCruz on March 1st, 2007 with no comments.
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Deaconess Hospital Patient Info Missing

Authorities at Deaconess Hospital are notifying 128 patients that they could be the victims of identity theft.

Deaconess Hospital administrators are advising patients Tuesday night that their identity may have been compromised after a laptop, containing information on 128 patients, is missing and presumed stolen from the respiratory therapy department.

Source: 14 News

Written by MCruz on December 29th, 2006 with 2 comments.
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Hackers Accessed Akron Children’s Hospital Computers

Two groups are potentially most affected — patients’ families and people who donated money to the hospital.

The patient information accessed by the hackers included billing information from office visits to doctors employed by Children’s Hospital. Those records contained personal information, such as Social Security numbers, but did not contain any medical or financial information, the hospital said.

The donor database included bank-account information and routing numbers, though it did not contain Social Security numbers. Credit card information attached to the donor files was encrypted and unreadable to the hackers.

More information about the security breach can be found on Akron Children’s Hospital website.
Source: Centre Daily

Written by MCruz on October 29th, 2006 with no comments.
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