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CDPH Loses Employee, Patient Data in Mail

DATA LOSS—U.S.

December 16, 2010

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that it is missing a magnetic tape containing sensitive personal and medical information on up to 2,550 staff and residents of Southern California skilled nursing facilities, reports HealthLeaders  Media. The tape--which was lost in the U.S. mail--holds e-mail addresses, investigative reports and background information on employees, as well as some medical diagnoses and Social Security numbers. "Everything we do out of this office was on the tapes," said CDPH's Kevin Reilly. The report says the state requires offices to use a private courier for sensitive information, but sometimes protocol was not followed at this office. The CDPH is notifying all those affected, and, according to the report, it may incur state fines.
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