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Hospitals, University Concerned About Breaches

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 19, 2010

Yale School of Medicine is alerting 1,000 people that their health information has been compromised after a laptop containing non-encrypted information was stolen last month, New Haven Register reports. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's office is investigating, and officials say Yale and New Haven Police departments are working together. The school's dean said the college deeply regrets the incident and that it is moving to make security upgrades. Meanwhile, a recent survey indicates hospitals' concerns about data breaches as they increasingly move towards electronic health records. The Imprivata study shows 80 percent of those polled say locking down patient information from breaches and unauthorized access is a top priority.
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