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The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—The medical records of more than 4,000 patients at the University of California, San Francisco may have been compromised after a laptop they were on was stolen.
Officials with the university said Wednesday the laptop was recovered earlier this month after it was taken from a medical school employee during a flight in November. It does not appear that anyone gained access to the computer or the confidential patient information, but officials say the records still could have been exposed.

The files contained patients’ names, medical record numbers, ages and clinical information, but no Social Security numbers or financial data.

School officials say they are notifying the 4,400 patients whose records were on the computer. They were all treated in 2008 and 2009.
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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle


Here we have another unnecessary major security breach in a large healthcare organization which resulted in a loss of patient data demonstrating poor baseline security. They clearly are not ready for the new HIPAA provision ARRA and HITECH. Evaluate your current business and system risks to make sure this does not happen to you.

Contact DISC for any question if you think, this may apply to you.

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