Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Medical Center reported data breach when it lost the flash drive. Flash drive contained patient’s data which included names, assigned medical record numbers, dates of birth, gestational ages, birth weights, dates of hospitalizations, and in some cases, according to the report, transfer dates of the children who were patients at either Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children or Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies between 2009 and 2013.
Arnold notified about the lost flash drive to the affected patients. The flash drive did not include patients’ Social Security numbers or financial data. Patients’ records are strictly considered as confidential under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) law. Orlando Health notified federal authorities regarding the data breach. They suspect that flash drive was lost and not stolen.
Steve Stallard, corporate director of compliance and information security at Orlando Health said, “Arnold Palmer Medical Center takes this incident very seriously, and we are committed to protecting patients’ health and personal information.”
Stallard added that they do not have any evidence to prove that device was used by unauthorized individual. A computer flash drive contained patient information of 586 children treated at Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
“We deeply regret any concern or inconvenience this may cause.” He added.
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