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We read stories of missing backup tapes and/or discs very frequently and the latest comes from Atlanta, GA.
Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA has sent out notices to its patients via US mail service alerting its patients that ten backup discs were missing. The company has also posted a web alert to those patients who might have changed their address.
“On February 20, 2012, we discovered that 10 backup data discs containing information about some of our surgical patients treated between September 1990 and April 2007 were missing from their storage location at Emory University Hospital. The discs contained data from a software system that was deactivated in 2007, but may have contained the Social Security numbers, names, addresses, dates of birth and clinical information of affected patients.”
Emory has said that, “there is no indication that this information has been or will be misused … and was not a breach or “hacking” of our computer systems”.
The total affected patients reportedly number about 315,000; out of which 228,000 of the patient records contained Social Security numbers. Emory Healthcare is providing access to identity protection services, including credit monitoring, for all affected patients.
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