The records of 315,000 patients at Atlanta's Emory Healthcare system over a 17-year period are missing from a storage location, the healthcare organization has announced.
The security breach involved 10 backup discs of containing the records of surgical patients treated between September 1990 and April 2007 at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly known as Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and the Emory Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center, according to a statement on the system's website.
The discs were removed from storage between Feb. 7 and Feb. 20 this year, the statement said. The records included the patients' "names, dates of surgery, diagnoses, procedure codes or the name of the surgical procedures, device implant information, surgeon names and anesthesiologist names." About 228,000 of those records also contained the patients' Social Security numbers, it said.