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4.9 Million Records Lost

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 29, 2011

Three healthcare providers have suffered recent data breaches. A Pentagon contractor's website alerts of a data breach affecting as many as 4.9 million patients, San Antonio Express reports. Science Applications International says the lost information--stored on backup computer tapes from electronic health records--included Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and other private health information of patients who received care from San Antonio military facilities since 1992. The Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Illinois has notified patients of a potential data breach involving 518 veterans. Meanwhile, two Minnesota healthcare facilities report that a stolen laptop contained personal information including Social Security numbers on more than 14,000 patients.
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