Emory Healthcare, Emory University Hospital

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
April 18, 2012
Atlanta , GA
United States
Georgia US

Patients with questions may call the Emory Healthcare Support Center hotline at 1-855-205-6950.

Records Breached: 

315,000 (228,000 SSNs reported)

Breach Total Number: 
228 000
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

Emory Healthcare revealed that 10 backup discs that contained patient information are missing from a storage location at Emory University Hospital.  The discs were determined to have been removed sometime between February 7, 2012, and February 20, 2012.  The patient information was related to surgery and included names, Social Security numbers, diagnoses, dates of surgery, procedure codes or the name of the surgical procedures, surgeon names, anesthesiologist names, device implant information, and other protected health information.  Patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly known as Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and Emory Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center between September of 1990 and April of 2007 were affected.

UPDATE (6/09/2012): A suit seeking class action status was filed on June 4.  The suit seeks unspecified damages over the loss of 10 computer disks containing the personal and health information of between 250,000 and 315,000 patients treated between 1999 and 2007.