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A Nemours facility in Delaware is missing backup tapes containing personal and financial information on 1.6 million patients and employees, according to a health system news release.
Science Applications International Corporation, a scientific, engineering and technology applications company, reported a data breach involving approximately 4.9 million military patients' records, according to a news release (pdf) by the military health insurance company TRICARE.
Personal information on more than 14,000 patients from Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and North Memorial in Robbinsdale, Minn., was stored on a laptop that was stolen in July, according to an ABC Eyewitness News report.
The Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers has released a report (pdf) that suggests healthcare organizations should take an integrated approach to data security, according to a PwC news release.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has submitted to Congress a report (pdf) on data breaches that shows that more than 200 large-scale breaches of protected health information were reported in 2010.
The medical industry reported 115 percent more data breach incidents in 2010 compared to 2009, according to a study (pdf) by the Digital Forensics Association.
Healthcare organizations have reported more than 25 data breaches between February and August this year.
The number of patients affected by a 2009 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee data breach has nearly doubled from an estimated 521,761 in March to nearly 1 million, according to a report by American Medical News.
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