Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland is notifying approximately 14,300 patients and 195 employees about a data breach that could have compromised some of their personal information, Modern Healthcare reports.
On July 31, hospital officials announced that a USB drive was stolen during a burglary of an employee's home. The drive was in the employee's briefcase, leading officials to believe the drive likely was not the intended target of the home invasion.
Hospital officials sent letters to affected individuals, including 702 families of premature pediatric patients who were screened for vision problems. Compromised patient data included:
- Addresses; and
- A brief summary of medical information.
The employee information on the USB drive included:
- Social Security numbers; and
- Employment-related vaccination data.
Hospital officials said most of the compromised data were "very limited in scope," adding that the information is password protected and only can be accessed using specific software (Kutscher, Modern Healthcare, 8/3).
Stanford School of Medicine Notifies Patients of Potential Data Breach
Officials from Stanford School of Medicine are sending letters notifying 2,500 patients about a data breach that could have compromised some of their personal information, San Jose Mercury News reports.
On Friday, university officials announced that a computer was stolen from a doctor's office between July 15 and July 16. The password-protected computer is believed to contain information on patients, such as:
- Medical records; and
- Social Security numbers.
University officials said tracking software installed on the computer does not indicate that the patient information has been accessed.
Lisa Lapin -- assistant vice president of university communications -- said that officials from the medical school and Stanford Hospital & Clinics are working with university police in the investigation (Salonga, San Jose Mercury News, 8/3).