A lost flash drive has resulted in MD Anderson Cancer Center’s second major breach of unsecured protected health information in recent months.

A medical student at the center lost an unencrypted thumb drive on an employee shuttle bus on July 13 and notified superiors the following day, according to a MD Anderson statement. “While we have no reason to believe that the information has been or will be accessed improperly, we are alerting our patients that the drive contained some patient information, including patient names, dates of birth, medical records numbers and diagnoses, and treatment and research information. The USB thumb drive contained no patient Social Security numbers or other financial information.”

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