Henry Ford Health System employee loses flash drive containing patient information

Robin Erb reports:

For the second time in less than a year, a security lapse within the Henry Ford Health System has compromised patient information. In the latest incident, an employee lost a flash drive with information on 2,777 patients on Jan. 31, triggering an investigation, according to the hospital.

The probe began Feb. 8 and, more than two weeks later, hospital officials said it’s still unclear how the flash drive was lost.

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The information involved patients tested for urinary tract infections between July and October 2010 at Henry Ford and it included names, medical record numbers, test information and results. Henry Ford officials said no Social Security numbers or health insurance identification numbers were stored on the flash drive.

Read more in the Detroit Free Press.

The press release is not currently posted to the Henry Ford web site as far as I can tell. Nor has the incident been posted yet on HHS’s breach tool site.

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