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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Mon Jul 19 2010 - 15:47:19 CDT
Data Loss Affects Thousands Of Patients
South Shore Hospital Incident Under Investigation
POSTED: 2:12 pm EDT July 19, 2010
UPDATED: 3:09 pm EDT July 19, 2010
BOSTON -- Back-up computer files containing personal, health and financial
information of thousands affiliated with South Shore Hospital may have
been lost by a professional data management company.
The backup computer files could contain personally identifiable
information for about 800,000 people, including patients who received
medical services at South Shore Hospital as well as employees, physicians,
volunteers, donors, vendors and other business partners associated with
the hospital between Jan. 1, 1996, and Jan. 6, 2010.
The information on the backup computer files may include individuals. full
names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers,
driver.s license numbers, medical record numbers, patient numbers, health
plan information, dates of service, protected health information including
diagnoses and treatments relating to certain hospital and home health care
visits, and other personal information. Bank account information and
credit card numbers for a very small subset of individuals also may have
been on the backup computer files.
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