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In Two Years, 18 Million Affected in Healthcare Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

November 18, 2011

The Associated Press reports on the scope of data breaches in the healthcare sector during the past two years. In addition to the California-based Sutter Medical Foundation breach that affected more than four million patients after a computer was stolen, there have been 364 reported incidents of data loss on nearly 18 million patients--"equivalent to the population of Florida." Of the Sutter Medical Foundation breach, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Director Beth Givens said, "Had this data been encrypted, you and I wouldn't be having this discussion. It would be a nonissue." Meanwhile, Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas may undergo a federal investigation for a breach that may have compromised the information of approximately 8,000 patients.
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