Hospital Exposes Patient Data "Snippets"
DATA LOSS—U.S.September 29, 2010
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center announced Monday that pieces of 6,800 patients' data were mistakenly exposed on the Internet, reports The New York Times. The data included names, ages, surgical status and vitals, but not diagnoses, according to the report. A hospital spokeswoman attributed the breach to human error and said there is no evidence that the information has been inappropriately accessed. The hospital has apologized and is in the process of notifying affected patients. (Registration may be required to access this story.)