Lost mobile device impacts 1,800 home infusion patients

http://www.clinical-innovation.com/topics/privacy-security/lost-mobile-device-impacts-1800-home-infusion-patients

By Beth Walsh Clinical-Innovation.com 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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