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Missing Equipment Puts Patients At Risk

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 1, 2011

More than $1 million in medical equipment storing sensitive patient information has been reported missing from a Florida hospital, FierceHealthcare reports. The items stolen from James A. Haley VA Hospital include laptops, an encrypted thumb drive containing patient information, microscopes and cameras used to take pictures of breast cancer surgeries. The camera also contained Social Security numbers. The Government Accountability Office says a lack of inventory may be to blame. "We've had these kinds of problems before, and it boils down to either this is theft or it's messed up records or it's both, and it's got to stop," said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).
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The IAPP web conference Enforcement Trends in Healthcare Privacy on November 10 will explore trends in this area, including who’s taking enforcement actions and what the future may hold.