A physician at Brigham & Women's/Faulkner Hospital in Boston on June 21 lost an external hard drive containing protected health information and the hospital now has notified 638 affected patients of the breach.

The hard drive was in luggage left in a cab, the Boston Herald reports. In a statement, the hospital said information that may have been on the drive includes patient name, medical record number, dates of admission, medications, and diagnosis and treatment.  The hospital is reviewing and augmenting policies and procedures, improving training on technical safeguards and limiting the data that can be stored on external hard drives, says CIO Sue Schade.

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