Lost computer chip jeopardizes info for more than 2,100 patients

The protected health information of more than 2,100 patients at a Lincoln, Neb., doctor's office was compromised after a computer chip fell off of a thumb drive last month, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. While no Social Security numbers or financial or insurance information was put in jeopardy, the chip--from Wedgewood Legacy Medical--contained patient names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers and names of family members, according to the article.

The thumb drive, which was attached to a lanyard worn around the neck of a doctor employed at the practice, was used to review medical records, according to the Journal Star. Article

Suggested Articles

Ochsner Health System is partnering with Color to launch a population health pilot program to integrate genetic information into preventive care.

Health IT company Cerner announced a definitive agreement to acquire IT consulting and engineering firm AbleVets as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Tech giant Google has tapped former Obama administration healthcare official Karen DeSalvo as its first chief health officer.