Data breach reported at Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner

Liz Kowalczyk reports:

A doctor from Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital lost an external hard drive on June 21, and the device may have contained medical information for 638 patients.

The Brigham has sent a letter to those patients describing the problem. Patients who have questions can call toll-free at 877-694-3367.

Information related to inpatient hospital stays from July 10, 2009, to January 28, 2011, may have been on the device, including patient names, medical record numbers, dates of admission, medications, and information about diagnosis and treatment. The device did not contain Social Security numbers, insurance numbers or other financial account information.

Read more on Boston Globe.

The Boston Herald adds the following tidbit:

The hard drive was lost on June 21, when the doctor, who worked for both hospitals, left the hard drive in a piece of luggage in a cab.

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