Jim Hall reports:
A security breach in an online computer system at Mary Washington Hospital exposed the private medical information of some of its maternity patients.
A man who tried to use the Fredericksburg hospital’s online registration system for his expectant wife said the files for 803 patients were publicly available on the site.
On Friday, a hospital official described the breach as an “anomaly.”
She said the man was the only person to see the files, that he opened only two of them and that he did not print or download any data.
“We believe that this is a one-time incident,” said Kathleen Allenbaugh, hospital spokeswoman.
Hospital officials first learned of the breach when a Spotsylvania County sheriff’s deputy notified them that the online registration feature at the MediCorp.org Web site was not working correctly.
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