Duke University Health System suffered data breach when thumb drive was stolen from an administrative building by an unauthorized person. According to the reports, an unknown number of patients treated in the Duke Children’s Health Center and Lenox Baker Children’s were affected by the breach.
After the incident, Duke conducted investigation which revealed that thumb drive held spreadsheets with patient names, medical record numbers, physicians’ names, and some Duke University Hospital locations visited. No Social Security numbers, clinical data or financial data were involved.
According to the Duke University Health System website statement:
We have no reason to believe that the information on the thumb drive has been used in any way. However, out of an abundance of caution, we began notifying patients on August 29, 2014 and have established a dedicated call center to answer any questions that potentially affected patients may have.
We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our patients. To help prevent something like this from happening in the future, we are enhancing our encryption processes and re-enforcing staff education on the use of encryption and the importance of handling patient information secure.
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