Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Huge medical data theft in NYC (it's worth more than gold)

In one of the larger medical data thefts reported, personal health data for about 1.7 million New York City patients, hospital staffers, and others was stolen on Dec. 23 from an unlocked van in Manhattan.  The electronic record files, which were stored on 20 years worth of magnetic tapes, contained personal information, protected health information or personally identifiable employee medical information on patients and workers, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers, according to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. The van belonged to GRM Information Management Services, the City's medical records vendor.

Here is the notification from New York City Health & Hospitals Corp. about the theft.  Who needs a gun to steal when you have Medicaid and Medicare identifiers.  Such information is worth more than gold.

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