New York medical practice reports 1,789 patients' info missing from bank deposit bags 

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Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Saratoga Cardiology Associates has notified nearly 2,000 patients that their payment information may have been exposed after discovering information missing from bank deposit bags.

The cardiology practice, part of Albany, N.Y.-based St. Peter's Health Partners Medical Associates, reported the privacy breach to HHS Aug. 3 and said it affected 1,789 individuals. 

In a notification letter to patients, the practice said that payment information linked to cash, check and credit card payments  that should have been in bank deposit bags between Jan. 27 and April 8 was missing. 

St. Peter's used a contracted courier service to transport its bank deposit bags during the time the payment information went missing. The courier service is part of  St. Peter's  investigation of the incident, and in response, the health provider has adjusted its safety and security procedures and controls of its bank deposit bag process. 

"SPHPMA takes this incident and the protection of our patients’ protected health information extremely seriously. We apologize for the inconvenience and deeply regret any concern this situation may have caused," St. Peter's privacy officer Kate Barnhart said in the Aug. 3 letter. 

St. Peter's is offering affected individuals one year of free credit protection and identity theft services. 

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