Karmanos Cancer Center breach exposes 2,800 medical records

Detroit-based Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is notifying more than 2,800 patients their protected health information may have been compromised after an unencrypted flash drive was lost in the mail, reports The Detroit News.

The missing flash drive contained patient names, Karmanos patient numbers and physician names, according to the report. No Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, financial information, birth dates, home addresses or phone numbers were stored on the flash drive, according to the report.

The flash drive was mailed in an envelope to the Karmanos Cancer Center, but was missing when the envelope arrived at the hospital. The report did not indicate from where or from whom the flash drive originated. It has not yet been recovered.

The breach affects patients who sought treatment at Karmanos' Detroit and Farmington Hills locations.

Note: Karmanos did not immediately respond to a request for comments.

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