Mission Hospital, St. Joseph Health

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Date Breach Made Public: 
January 3, 2013
Mission Laguna Beach , CA
United States
California US
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Someone called Mission Hospital on August 28, 2012 and claimed that he found a flash drive with sensitive patient information in his garage.  The flash drive was returned to Mission Hospital via mailed envelope on September 11, 2012.  Patients who received services at Mission Hospital between September and November of 2008 may have had their information exposed. The notice that was sent to patients was dated September 14, 2012.  It appears that a contractor or employee misplaced the unencrypted flash drive.

The flash drive contained names, medical record numbers, and account numbers. Additionally, the flash drive may have contained some combination of date of admission, age, birth date, vital readings, physical examination, gender, race, name of physician, medical history, past and current treatment and illnesses, history of substance use, family history, lab tests and results, imaging tests and results, body weight, physician notes on patient, care plan, employment status and employer, prognosis, diagnosis, treatment recommendations, allergies, medications, comments about patient's appearance, patient health complaint, symptoms, reason for referral, and reason for admission information.