Nemours patient data tapes missing

The News Journal, October 14, 2011
The Nemours Foundation's Wilmington-area offices have lost three computer backup tapes containing sensitive personal and financial information on about 1.6 million patients, employees and other people associated with the four-state children's health care provider. The lost tapes do not contain detailed medical records, and patients' treatment information is stored on the tapes in a coded format, according to John Grabusky, spokesman for the foundation that operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children north of the city. The tapes do include patient billing and employee payroll data, including name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, insurance information and direct-deposit bank account information. The Nemours Foundation's Wilmington-area offices have lost three computer backup tapes containing sensitive personal and financial information on about 1.6 million patients, employees and other people associated with the four-state children's health care provider. Most of the information on the tapes dates from 1994 to 2004 and was generated at the Nemours facilities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. That includes the children's hospital's many pediatricians' offices.

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