Friday, February 03, 2006

Thief nabs backup data on 365,000 patients

About 365,000 hospice and home health care patients in Oregon and
Washington are being notified about the theft of computer backup data
disks and tapes late last month that included personal information and
confidential medical records.

In an announcement on January 25th, Providence Home Services, a division
of Seattle-based Providence Health Systems, said the records and other
data were on several disks and tapes stolen from the car of a Providence employee at his home. The tapes and disks were taken home by the employee as part of a backup protocol that sent them off-site to protect them against loss from fires or other disasters. That practice, which was only used by the home health care division of the hospital system, has since been stopped.

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