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Two Hospitals Notify Patients of Data Events

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 19, 2011

The Boston Globe reports that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is notifying more than 2,000 patients of a potential data breach involving their personal information. The names, birth dates, genders and radiological procedure data of 2,021 patients were contained on a hospital computer that was affected by a computer virus. "We are grateful no Social Security numbers or financial information were released and apologize for the inconvenience and deeply regret any concern this situation may cause," said the hospital's CIO. Meanwhile, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina has notified hundreds of patients that a former employee was found to have removed their medical records from the center.
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