Kaiser Permanente has notified about 49,000 patients of Anaheim Medical Center that a flash drive containing protected health information is missing from the nuclear medicine department.

Compromised information includes patient name, date of birth and medications. “Your Social Security number was NOT contained in the data,” Kaiser notes in a patient notification letter that gave very little information on the incident. The letter simply informed patients of the missing drive and information on it, said the organization is “taking appropriate steps to remedy the situation,” and gave contact information to get questions answered or file complaints with Kaiser or the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the flash drive was not encrypted or password protected and that Kaiser advised members to monitor their medical records to protect against fraudulent use. But the notification letter did not advise monitoring or give guidance on how to do that.

A Kaiser spokesperson did not respond to an email from Health Data Management requesting more information.

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