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10 Health IT Security Breaches

laptopHealthcare IT News has compiled a list of 10 breaches of unsecured protected health information that were reported to the Health and Human Services secretary per accordance with the HITECH Act. The secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.

Those listed include:

  • Kaiser Permanente’s Medical Care Program in California lost to theft portable electronic devices affecting 15,500 individuals.
  • Laptop theft affecting 5,900 individuals occurred at City of Hope National Medical Center, a cancer center in California.
  • Hard-drive theft at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee affected 500,000 individuals.
  • The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion experienced the theft of portable electronic devices that affected 10,000 individuals.
  • The loss of portable electronic devices affected 3,800 individuals at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
  • Laptop theft at AvMed, Inc., a Florida-based health plan, affected 359,000 individuals.
  • Laptop theft affecting 7,300 individuals took place at the medical center of University of California in San Francisco.
  • Portable electronic device theft at a private practice in Texas affecting 21,000 individuals.
  • Ashley and Gray DDS in Missouri lost desktop computers to theft affecting 9,309 individuals
  • Laptops stolen from New York-based Montefiore Medical Center affecting 625 individuals.

A complete list of 2009 and 2010 breaches can be found on the HHS website.

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