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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Wed Aug 13 2008 - 01:46:24 CDT
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By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON
Aug. 11, 2008
The Harris County Hospital District administrator who downloaded medical
and financial records for 1,200 patients onto a flash drive that later was
lost or stolen no longer works there, a district spokesman said Monday.
Spokesman Bryan McLeod confirmed the low-level administrator's departure
but would not say whether she resigned or was fired or when she left,
calling it a confidential personnel matter.
Attempts to reach the former employee for comment Monday were
The flash drive contained records listing patients' names, medical record
numbers, billing codes, the facilities where they were treated and other
billing information, the district said. It also included the patients'
Medicaid or Medicare numbers, which can indicate their Social Security
numbers or those of their spouses.
Many of the patients listed on the flash drive have HIV or AIDS, according
to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
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