Hospital admits error in handling I.D. theft

Glenn Nyback of the Staten Island Advance reports:

As tens of thousands of Staten Island University Hospital patients seethe over the decision by hospital administrators to wait four months before informing them that a computer containing their personal information was stolen, SIUH’s chief executive conceded officials could have handled the situation differently.

The hospital only 10 days ago began informing 88,000 patients whose names, Social Security and health insurance numbers were included on a password-protected desktop computer stolen from the hospital’s Rosebank billing office in December.

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What irks Ms. Bertoldo most, however, isn’t the possibility of her Social Security and health insurance information being sold to strangers, but that she found out from a newspaper story rather than from the hospital.

Full story – Staten Island Advance

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