Hospital, School Experience Breaches
DATA LOSS—U.S.December 22, 2011
The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi Department of Health are notifying 1,400 patients involved in a study that their personal information was compromised when a laptop was stolen, reports Health Data Management. Two password-protected databases on the computer contained medical record numbers, ages, genders, zip codes, blinded test results and, in some cases, medical records. The university is taking disciplinary actions against the employees responsible for leaving the laptop unsecured for failing to follow security guidelines. Meanwhile, a New Jersey school district is investigating how a computer password was compromised, resulting in a security breach. Six students have been identified as possible participants in the breach, which may result in a criminal investigation.