The plot thickens….

Steve Adams reports:

A Pennsylvania company hired by South Shore Hospital to dispose of patient records outsourced the work to a second company, contributing to delays announcing the disappearance of 800,000 patients’ files.

Phoenixville, Pa.-based Archive Data Solutions was notified in early May by the outside vendor that 800,000 individuals’ records removed from the hospital on Feb. 26 were lost, spokeswoman Jill Fallon said Monday. Fallon declined to name the other vendor.

Read more in the Patriot Ledger.

Why do these firms continue to try to protect the identities of those who have been involved in breaches? This all usually becomes a matter of public record anyway and it makes them look like they care more about the reputation of their business partners than they do the individuals whose lives have been affected.

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  1. Golde - July 27, 2010

    I’m sorry, did Archive Data Solutions have too much work to do? Where is the accountability to its client in asking permission to double out-source? Did South Shore even have a chance to see what type of criteria the third company had in terms of security? Sometimes it seems like companies are all lemmings jumping off a cliff, one after another, after another.

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