U of U Hospital billing records stolen; data from 2.2m patients at risk (update 1)

Billing records have been stolen from a business that does work for the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. The records, reportedly containing data from 2.2 million patients, were stolen from an outside vendor of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, according to a news release from the university.

Source – Salt Lake Tribune

Update 1:


A metal box containing the backup tapes, which contained billing records for approximately 2.2 million patients and guarantors, was stolen on Monday, June 2, from a car belonging to a driver who worked for an independent storage company contracted by the health-care system. The driver violated the protocols his company had established to ensure secure data transportation.


The billing records included patient names, related demographic information and diagnostic codes. None of the records contained credit card information. Records for a subset of 1.3 million patients also contained Social Security numbers.

The company contracted by the university to transport and store the tapes, Perpetual Storage Inc., said this is the first and only such incident in its 40-year history. It also said that the employee who left the tapes in his car had been with the company for nearly 18 years.

Source – Business Wire

About the author: Dissent

Comments are closed.