A missing flash drive from Our Lady of Peace, a psychiatric hospital in Louisville, Ky., has put more that 24,000 patients' personal information at risk. According to eSecurity Planet, the drive contained patient names, room numbers, dates of assessment, as well as birth dates and insurance company names.
It is unclear how the device was lost or stolen. Following an investigation, officials would only say that they have taken "appropriate disciplinary action."
Data thieves are increasingly targeting the health care industry. And it isn't helping that personnel in that industry seem to have a hard time securing portable devices. Last year, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield suffered two data breaches as a result of stolen laptops: one that affected 800,000 doctors and another that put info from more than 10,000 doctors and dentists at risk.