Kaiser Permanente Data Breach Affects 49k

Approximately 49,000 patients have been notified of a data breach at Kaiser Permanente's Anaheim (Calif.) Medical Center.

The Oakland, Calif.-based healthcare giant said the breach was due to a missing flash drive that contained the affected patients' names, dates of birth, medical record numbers and some medication information, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The data was not encrypted or protected.

Kaiser officials do not believe the data has been inappropriately accessed but has advised those affected to monitor their financial and medical statements for signs of fraud or theft. "Kaiser Permanente takes the protection of our members' personal and health information seriously, and we apologize for this occurrence," Kaiser spokeswoman Peggy Hinz told the Los Angeles Times.

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