Health data breach due to missing flash drive

August 12th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

Lawrence General sent breach notification after flash drive containing health information went missing. According to the reports, facility immediately began a thorough investigation. Lawrence General determined that the flash drive contained very limited patient information.

Lawrence General Hospital stated that this breach is very limited in scope and there is no reason to believe that the information has been misused. It is still working to minimize the scope of the situation.

Lawrence General is reeducating staff members and ensuring they understand how to properly handle patient data. Flash drive contained lab testing information such as patient names, lab testing codes, and slide identification numbers. Hospital mentioned that no Social Security numbers, dates of birth, or clinical and financial information have been compromised. The number of affected individuals is not known.

Lawrence General Hospital expressed regret that the incident occurred. It also emphasized its ongoing commitment to health data security and patient privacy.

“We at Lawrence General Hospital value the importance of protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our patients, employees and others who entrust us with their personal information,” the hospital wrote in its press release.

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