St. Luke’s notifies employees that lost computer tape contains their personal information

Note: this incident is related to a breach previously reported on

Katy Moeller reports:

St. Luke’s Health System has notified several thousand hospital employees in Boise, Wood River and Twin Falls that a computer back-up tape containing some of their personal information went missing in an office move.

St. Luke’s spokesman Ken Dey said the tape was in the possession of Mercer, a human resources consulting firm that was doing an analysis of employee benefits. Mercer hired a courier firm to move its files from one office to another, and the tape was discovered missing after the move. The location of that office was not immediately available Tuesday.

The information on the missing computer tape may include employees’ and their dependents’ names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. It does not contain personal health information.

Read more on Idaho Statesman.

KTVB provides additional detail about who was affected:

A letter sent to St. Luke’s employees said the tape includes the names, addresses, birth dates, and social security numbers of employees who worked for St. Luke’s in the Treasure Valley, Wood River Valley, and Mountain States Tumor Institute in Twin Falls. Those employees who were enrolled in the St. Luke’s Health System Employee Health Care Plan in October, November, and December of 2006 and/or 2007 are potentially affected by the loss of the tape.

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