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Patient Data Compromised

DATA LOSS—UK

December 23, 2010

Calderdale and Huddersfield hospital foundation trust has written to 1,500 patients after the theft of a computer containing their personal details, the Guardian reports. The trust has also notified local police about the theft and reports it has increased its security precautions. "At the end of November it was found that part of an electromyography (EMG) machine, a computer which drives it, had been taken from a locked office in the neurophysiology department at Calderdale Royal Hospital," a hospital spokesperson said, noting such patient information as names and dates of birth was included on the password-protected computer.
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