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Lost mobile device impacts 1, 800 home infusion patients
From: security curmudgeon <jericho () attrition org>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:55:58 -0600 (CST)

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By Beth Walsh
Dec 04, 2012

The loss of an unencrypted handheld Palm device in the Continuum Home 
Infusion unit of the University of Virginia Medical Center has resulted in 
a data breach of protected health information. More than 1,800 patients or 
potential patients were affected.

The device had information on patients who received home infusion services 
during September or who were referred to Continuum for services from 
August 2007 through September 2012.

The university learned on Oct. 5 that the device was missing, according to 
statements to patients and the media. Information on the device included 
names, addresses, diagnoses, medications and insurance identification 
numbers that included ?some? Social Security numbers. No financial 
information was on the device.


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