MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Conn., has notified 93,500 patients that protected health information was on a misplaced hard drive.
Information on the drive included names, addresses, dates of birth, marital status, medical record numbers and Social Security numbers. "Not all of the patients being notified of the incident had Social Security numbers on the missing hard drive," according to a public notice on the 144-bed hospital's Web site. A hospital spokesperson did not return a call asking for additional information on the number of patients with compromised Social Security numbers and the date that patient notifications started.
The Hartford Courant reports that an employee placed the information on a personal hard drive to work at home. "The individual responsible is no longer employed by our business associate, Hartford Hospital, or any other Hartford HealthCare affiliate," according to the hospital's notice. "We have no reason to believe that any personal information has been misused as a result of this incident."
The hospital hired a private investigator to search for the hard drive but it has not been found. The hospital is offering affected patients two years of free service under the Debix Identity Protection Network program. More information is available at midstatemedical.org.
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