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Patient Sues Hospital Over Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 24, 2010

WAVE reports on a patient suing a psychiatric hospital after a flash drive containing 24,600 patient files went missing in April. The Our Lady of Peace Hospital files included patient names, names of insurers and hospital stay details. The lawsuit accuses the hospital of negligence, invasion of privacy and emotional distress. A hospital spokeswoman said the hospital took the appropriate actions after the breach, including notifying affected patients and the Office for Civil Rights. "Patient confidentiality is sacred to us and our patients. We have taken this breach seriously," she said.
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