When Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina in late May announced a breach of protected health information, officials declined to say how many patients were affected. Now, the incident has been posted to the federal government's public Web site of major breaches and the figure is a big one--400,000.

Breached information from a laptop stolen from an employee's car in late March included names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. A notice sent to affected patients offered one paid year of identity and credit protection services from Kroll Inc. The delivery system also declined to discuss enhanced security procedures implemented following the breach, whether the employee violated any policies, or which facility the employee works at.

The government Web site now listing 292 breaches affecting 500 or more individuals in the space of about 18 months is available here.


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