DE hospital copes with patient data theft

WBOC TV, March 3, 2011
Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, DE said it will offer free credit monitoring to dozens of patients whose personal information was included on a financial document reported stolen in January. The report was stolen from an employee's vehicle in Florida and included the names and Medicare numbers, same as Social Security numbers, of 113 patients, Vice President for Corporate Affairs Wallace Hudson said. The hospital sent letters to notify affected patients and, where appropriate, next of kin. The employee removed the financial report from the hospital to work on it at home, Hudson explained. A briefcase holding the report was somehow packed into the family's vehicle for a vacation. The briefcase was stolen on Jan. 1 in Orange County, FL, and has yet to be recovered, the hospital said.

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