Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kaiser worker fired after patient data drive stolen

A Kaiser Permanente employee was fired last month after a computer storage drive, containing information on 4,000 Sacramento-area patients, was stolen from a car parked at her home, hospital officials reported Tuesday.

The external drive contained data on as many as 15,500 Northern California patients, according to a statement from the hospital's vice president for compliance and privacy, Kristin Chambers. She said the patients were notified. She considered the breach "low risk."

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