6 Recent Hospital Data Breaches

The following data breaches were reported within the past month, beginning with the most recent.

1. Stanford Hospital Notifies 2,500 Patients of Potential Data Breach
Stanford (Calif.) Hospital & Clinics and the School of Medicine notified 2,500 patients of a potential data breach following the theft of a password-protected computer. The computer contained care- or research-related information, such as patient names, location of service and medical record numbers. Some of the information included treatment history, birth date and/or Social Security numbers.

2. Palm Beach Health Department Employee Steals Patient Names, Social Security Numbers

The Palm Beach County (Fla.) Health Department issued a public notice that at least 86 patients of its health centers may have had confidential information in their medical records disclosed to an unauthorized source when an employee created a client list containing names and Social Security numbers and attempted to mail the list.

3. Computer Theft Affects Nearly 10k Hartford Hospital, VNA Healthcare Patients

A computer containing personal information for 2,097 Hartford (Conn.) Hospital patients and 7,461 patients of VNA Healthcare — a home healthcare partner of Hartford Hospital with offices throughout Connecticut — was recently stolen from the home an employee of Greenplum, a subsidiary of EMC Corp., one of Hartford Hospital's vendors. Greenplum has been performing data analysis for EMC on Hartford Hospital's behalf as part of a quality-improvement project related to hospital readmissions. The patient information includes names, addresses, dates of birth, marital status, Social Security numbers, Medicaid and Medicare numbers, medical record numbers and diagnosis and treatment information.

4. 8,400 Patient Records Are Vulnerable Following Theft at NYU Langone Medical Center
A desktop computer storing personal health information for approximately 8,400 patients was stolen from the faculty group practice of a New York City-based NYU Langone Medical Center physician. The patient information includes names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers and insurance and clinical information. About 5,000 of the lost records contained Social Security numbers.  

5. Data Breach Affects More Than 14k Oregon Health & Science University Patients
Oregon Health & Science University in Portland announced that a USB drive storing information for approximately 14,300 patients, including 702 pediatric patients and about 200 OHSU employees, was stolen during a burglary of an OHSU employee's home. The patient information on the USB drive includes names, dates of birth, phone numbers, addresses, OHSU medical record numbers and descriptions of patients' medical conditions.

6. Laptop Theft Affects Nearly 4k Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Patients
Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center alerted 3,900 patients that some of their personal health information may have been breached after a physician's personal laptop was stolen. The type of personal health information breached was not disclosed.

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