Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital alerts 1,000 patients of data security incident

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An employee at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital improperly disposed patients' meal tray tickets, potentially exposing some of their protected health information, according to NBC Bay Area.

Between June 18 and Nov. 4, the employee put patients' meal tray tickets in regular garbage bins instead of a confidential shredder. Around 1,174 patients were notified that their meal tray tickets were affected.

Patient data that may have been exposed included names, birth months and days, bed/unit location at the hospital, diet information and menu received.

Since learning of the mistake, the employee and all staff have been trained on proper disposal procedures. There is no evidence that patient information has been misused.

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