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Millions Affected by PHI Theft

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 14, 2011

Confidential information on about 1.7 million New York City hospital patients and employees dating back as far as 20 years was stolen in December, The Wall Street Journal reports.  The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) reported the breach on Friday. While a recent study indicates that well over half--61 percent--of such breaches are the result of malicious intent, HHC President Alan D. Aviles noted, "The loss of this data occurred through the negligence of a contracted firm that specializes in the secure transport and storage of sensitive data." HHC will provide credit monitoring to potentially affected individuals as the stolen data included names, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical information. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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