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Univ. of Va. home health agency suffers possible data breach

By Joseph Conn
Posted: December 3, 2012 - 3:15 pm ET

The University of Virginia Medical Center and its home health services agency, Continuum Home Infusion, have reported a possible data breach involving a mobile device.

The handheld electronic device used by on-call pharmacists "went missing" sometime around Oct. 5, according to a news release from the healthcare organization.

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The unencrypted device "may have contained patient information, including patients' names, addresses, diagnoses, medications and health insurance identification numbers that in some instances are Social Security numbers," the release stated. The number of affected patients was not disclosed, but those affected included patients who received infusion services from Continuum in September 2012 and "potential patients who were referred to Continuum Home Infusion from August 2007 through September 2012."

The medical center started sending notifications to patients Nov. 30 and has set up a call center for those affected, according to the release.

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