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Healthcare Facilities Report Exposures

DATA LOSS—U.S.

November 16, 2010

Two healthcare facilities have announced data breaches this week involving the exposure of patient records and personal information. At the Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other details of at least 1,500 emergency room patients were stolen by an ER worker, who then sold the data to others who used the information to steal money, reports Infosecurity. And the Detroit Free Press reports that the Henry Ford Health System has notified patients of its urology office that their personal information was compromised when an unsecured laptop was stolen from an unlocked office. Both facilities have offered free credit monitoring to those affected.
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