South Shore Hospital loses files on 800,000

July 20, 2010

Thousands of patients treated by South Shore Hospital in Boston, MA USA will be worried sick after getting a grim diagnosis that their sensitive data could have fallen into the hands of identity thieves.

Back-up computer files containing 14 years’ worth of personal and financial information for some 800,000 people – including patients, employees, donors, volunteers and vendors – went missing after they were shipped from the Weymouth hospital to a data management company hired to destroy the electronic documents.

The hospital refused to identify the data management company that lost the files after they were shipped off-site in February. It launched an investigation and also notified the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office as well as state and federal health agencies.

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