Physician's home burglary compromises St. Elizabeth patient information

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, Mass., has notified patients of a potential data breach after a laptop and USB thumb drive were stolen from a former SEMC physician's home, according to a Wicked Local report.

The information included the names, birth dates and clinical information such as medical history, diagnoses, test results and medications of approximately 595 patients, according to the report.

The information stored on the laptop and thumb drive were in violation of the hospital's policies and workforce training as neither was encrypted, according to the report.

Affected patients include those who visited SEMC's Center for Breast Care or the hematology/oncology department between May 14, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2014, according to the report.

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