The San Francisco Human Services Agency has notified approximately 2,400 MediCal beneficiaries and the federal government about a breach of protected health information, including Social Security numbers.

"We learned on December 7, 2010, that a former employee of SF-HSA removed documents with confidential client information from SF-HSA and took them home," according to the agency's patient notification letter. "The former employee also e-mailed some documents to her home computer between 2006 and 2009 and shared some documents with her attorneys and union representatives as part of a legal action. We have recovered all of the documents and ensured that all copies have been destroyed or returned to SF-HSA. We have also obtained a court order prohibiting any disclosure or unauthorized use of the information in the legal matter."

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