Patient data exposed at Ohio hospital

CLEVELAND (AP) — University Hospitals in Cleveland says medical information for more than 7,000 people was compromised when a computer hard drive was stolen recently.

The hospital company says it was notified in August that a hard drive containing backed-up data from physicians’ offices was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to a vendor.

WKYC-TV (http://bit.ly/1b8bDY6 ) reports that the hospital company released information Monday saying that personal and medical information of 7,170 individuals “may have been exposed.”

The hospital network said in a statement that it investigated and took measures to correct the situation and keep it from happening again.

There have been no reports that information has been accessed or misused. A letter has been sent to everyone affected.

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Information from: WKYC-TV, http://www.wkyc.com

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