Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, has sent breach notification letters to 638 patients whose medical information was on a computer hard drive lost this year by a physician, the hospital has announced.
Data breach at Brigham and Women's
The external hard drive belonging to a Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospital physician was lost June 21, according to the hospital statement. It included information about hospital stays between July 10, 2009, and Jan. 28, 2011, and may have contained patient names, medical record numbers, dates of admission, medications, diagnoses and treatments, the statement said. It did not include patients' Social Security numbers, insurance numbers or financial account data, the hospital statement said.
“We have no knowledge that the information on this device has been accessed,” Sue Schade, chief information officer at Brigham and Women's, said in the news release. “However, as a precaution, we are offering affected patients identity protection services,” she said.
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