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Lost Data Tape Gives Reason for Concern to Some 13,000 People

July 21, 2010

One of two data tapes has gone missing from off-site storage vendor Augusta Data Storage, Inc. in Augusta, Georgia. The data tapes, which were being stored for the University Hospital in August, Georgia, contained technical lab data backups from 2008. The tape went missing in March and has yet to be found.

Although the data tapes are difficult to decipher and are not easily accessible when it comes to patient information, the University Hospital is offering those who may have been affected a year of free credit monitoring services due to the missing data tape. This is a potential breach, and no reports have been made regarding misuse of patient information; however, the University is taking the appropriate steps to protect its patients and ensure that this loss of information does not happen again in the future.

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