Dunes Family Health Care, a Reedsport, Ore.-based clinic, on May 9 notified current and former patients of a breach of their protected health information.

The Umpqua Post reports the number affected at more than 16,000. In a notice on its Web site, the clinic says the hard drive was stored in a locked, fire-protected building with very limited access. "Nonetheless, we believe the hard drive was stolen by a person or persons unknown," according to the notice.

The clinic says a back-up hard drive sent to a contracted organization for storage was reported missing on March 11. "Many of these files contain patients' Social Security numbers as well as other personal information," according to the notice. "Others did not include SSNs, but may include a name, date of birth, address or clinical information."

Consequently, the clinic is offering paid identity theft protection services from Kroll Inc. The clinic is now encrypting back-up files and stores them under increased physical security.

--Joseph Goedert


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