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Kwai Chung Hospital reports loss of personal USB flash drive.
Monday, 18 April 2011 07:15

Hong Kong (HKSR) – The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital

The spokeperson for Kwai Chung Hospital (KCH) made the following announcement today (February 18) regarding a hospital staff member who lost a USB flash drive containing patients’ data:

An occupational therapist at KCH discovered the loss of her personal USB flash drive after getting off a taxi on February 16. She immediately reported the loss to the police.The device is not encrypted or password protected. It contained 59 KCH patients’ records and reports with patient name, age, diagnosis, admission date and brieftreatment notes. Three of these patient reports contain the patients’ Hong Kong identity card numbers.

 


The hospital management was informed of the incident the next day (February 17)


KCH has started to contact all concerned patients and their families to inform them the incident and to express apologies. The hospital also explained that the incident would not affect patients’ treatment and care. So far KCH has not received any enquires or reports related to the leakage of the patients’ data.


The hospital is very concerned about the incident and is seriously looking into the matter by conducting an in-depth investigation. According to Hospital Authority established guidelines on the proper use of removable electronic storage devices, hospital staff requiring to use a removable electronic storage device for operational needs should apply for approval from the hospital. The hospital will not allow any non-compliance with relevant guidelines. All departments must also review stored data and deleted unnecessary stored personal data in electronic storage devices. The hospital has also requested all staff to attend training sessions on protection of personal data and privacy.


The hospital expresses deep regret over the incident and apologises once again to all concerned patients and their families.


Source: HKSAR Government, Feb 18, 2011.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2011 06:59 )
 

Did You Know

arrow Identity theft is the top consumer complaint in the USA according to the Federal Trade Commission.

arrow US consumers reported fraud loss totalling more than $1.1 billion in 2006.

arrow Credit card fraud (25%) was the most common form of reported identity theft in the US in 2006.

arrow More than 100 000 people are affected by identity theft each year in the UK

arrow According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 350 data loss incidents involving more than 140 million records have occurred since February 2005

arrow Organisations are obliged by law to take take adequate steps to ensure the proper disposal of data


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