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[Dataloss] Georgetown University - E-Health Gaffe Exposes Hospital

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Tue Jul 25 2006 - 10:50:08 CDT


By Kevin Poulsen
02:00 AM Jul, 25, 2006

Georgetown University Hospital suspended a trial program with an
electronic prescription-writing firm last week after a computer consultant
stumbled upon an online cache of data belonging to thousands of patients,
Wired News has learned.

The leaked information included patients' names, addresses, Social
Security numbers and dates of birth, but not medical data or the drugs the
patients were prescribed, says Marianne Worley, a spokeswoman for the
Washington, D.C.-based hospital known for providing emergency care to the
nation's most powerful political figures.

The hospital had securely transmitted the patient data to e-prescription
provider InstantDx. But an Indiana-based consultant accidentally
discovered the data on InstantDx's computers while working to install
medical software for a client.

"The initial investigation has found that no patient demographic data was
inappropriately used," says Worley, who says between 5,600 and 23,000
patients were affected. She added that the hospital learned of the breach
when Wired News contacted it last week.

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