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On April 1st a hard drive was stolen from the mammography suite of The Medical Center at Bowling Green. The missing drive contained information on 5,418 patients who had undergone bone density testing between 1997 and 2009–including names, addresses, birth dates, physician names, medical records, and possibly Social Security numbers.

Of course the data was not encrypted or protected on the drive itself, placing it at risk of exposure to anyone who happens to examine the contents of the drive. The medical center managed the investigation internally for 17 days before notifying authorities and turning the case over as a criminal incident. At that point, it also began to notify the affected patients.

Looking at the positive side of the incident “Since the theft occurred, hospital officials have taken steps to strengthen the security of patient information and that includes linking to a secure network eliminating the need for computer hard drives, such as the one that was stolen.”

This entry was posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 10:02 am and is filed under Security Breaches & Data Loss Incidents.

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