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Universities Suffer Medical Record Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 3, 2011

Seattle's KING5 reports on private medical records one customer found inside furniture sold at a surplus store. The records consisted mainly of X-ray and MRI imaging from the University of Washington (UW) Medical Center, stored on 19 DVDs, one of which contained the name and phone number of the corresponding patient. "This is private; this is my body, my life. I don't think it should be out there for people," the patient said. A UW spokeswoman said it will review its procedures. Meanwhile, the University of Iowa is investigating a data breach involving 13 athletes' medical records. The players and their families have been notified.
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