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Health System Flash Drive Lost


March 2, 2011

The Henry Ford Health System reported that an unencrypted flash drive containing patient data was lost on January 31, reports the Detroit Free Press. The drive contained names, medical records and test information--including results--of 2,777 patients tested for urinary tract infections between July and October of last year. The hospital is investigating the breach but is unsure of how the flash drive was lost. Last September, an unsecured laptop was stolen from an unlocked office at the hospital, exposing 3,700 patients' data. In a statement, the hospital said there's no evidence the data has been misused, and the report states, employees involved in a breach such as this may be suspended or terminated.
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