Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BioMedical Device Breach - Mammography Suite

Hard drive containing data of 5,418 patients stolen from Kentucky hospital

BOWLING GREEN, KY – A medical center in Kentucky is notifying 5,418 patients of a data breach that occurred when computer equipment, containing information on patients who underwent bone density testing, was stolen from its mammography suite. Hospital officials reported that the information on the hard drive was not encrypted, but was maintained in a locked, non-public, private area.

Officials at The Medical Center at Bowling Green said the stolen piece of equipment held the data of patients who had bone density testing done between 1997 and 2009.

MIAOULIS NOTE:  Just a reminder that it is not just computers, laptops, servers, cell phones, flash drives, but also all equipment that stores PHI that must be protected and are reportable breach candidates.

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