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Three Patient Privacy Breaches Reported

DATA LOSS—U.S.

January 3, 2012

Three breaches involving the sensitive personal and medical information of thousands of patients have been reported. In Texas, five computers containing patients' names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and diagnoses were stolen from a physician's office, San Antonio Express reports. In California, Loma Linda Patch reports that the Loma Linda University Medical Center has fired an employee who violated hospital policy by bringing home the records of approximately 1,336 patients. "Information such as date of birth, address, medical record number, driver's license and in some instances Social Security number was included in the breach," according to a hospital spokeswoman. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is also investigating a potential breach of patient privacy involving an employee's post to Facebook.
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