Kaiser Permanente reports privacy breach to 49,000 patients

Chad Terhune reports:

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has notified about 49,000 patients of a privacy breach at its Anaheim Medical Center.

Kaiser said a computer flash drive was reported missing Sept. 25 inside the hospital’s nuclear medicine department. The storage drive included patient names, date of birth, their medical record number and the type and amount of a specific medication.

The files didn’t contain Social Security numbers or financial information, the company said.

Read more on the Los Angeles Times.  Previous coverage of this breach on this blog can be found here.

Well, at least now we know how many were affected, where the flash drive went missing from, and we have confirmation that it was not encrypted.  They could have just disclosed all that two weeks ago.

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