Stolen USB Drive Exposes 2,172 Brooklyn Hospital Patients' Data
The unencrypted drive held limited medical information, including diagnoses and some lab values.
The Brooklyn Hospital Center recently announced that 2,172 patients' medical information may have been exposed when a medical resident's backpack containing an unencrypted USB drive was stolen on December 2, 2013 (h/t DataBreaches.net)
The USB drive held patient information for an authorized research project, though the fact that the drive was unencrypted was a violation of hospital policy.
Data on the drive included limited medical information -- diagnoses and some lab values -- for cardiac disease and diabetes patients. The drive did not contain any financial information or Social Security numbers.
"The Brooklyn Hospital Center deeply regrets this incident and any resulting inconvenience, and has taken steps to prevent further breaches of private patient data," the hospital said in a statement. "In addition, notification letters have been sent to patients whose data was included on the lost files."
Patients with questions are advised to contact (877) 615-3743.
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