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Ga. hospital fires 2 workers over missing computer

By Associated Press
Posted: January 11, 2014 - 7:15 pm ET

Officials at a south Georgia hospital say they've fired two employees after a computer with sensitive patient information went missing.

Officials at Phoebe Putney Hospital notified thousands of patients that their personal information may have been compromised. They say a password protected, unencrypted desktop computer containing information of more than 6,700 patients disappeared in November.

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Hospital officials say an investigation found that the computer contained names, addresses, and possibly medical diagnosis information of nearly 6,800 people. They say the Social Security numbers of more than a dozen people were recorded on its hard drive.

Hospital officials tell WALB-TV that the employees were dismissed for not following policies regarding computers.

The hospital says an employee who was rearranging her office had boxed it up and left it in a hallway.

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