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Hospital Breaches Require Credit Protection

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 15, 2011

Two U.S. health plans are providing credit protection to patients and employees after data breaches potentially exposed Social Security numbers (SSNs), and other personal details. Health Data Management reports that Oklahoma's Saint Francis Health System is notifying 84,000 affected employees and patients that their personal information may have been compromised after a laptop was stolen containing names, dates of birth, mailing addresses, SSNs and diagnostic codes about patients treated prior to 2004. Meanwhile, New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. has filed a lawsuit against a data storage and transport vendor to recover breach notification costs after files on 1.7 million patients and employees were stolen.
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