Data On Over 40,000 Patients Stolen From NYC Hospital

The New York Times is reporting this morning that an unnamed employee stole personal data on over 40,000 patients from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The theft “occurred over the past several years and included patients’ names, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.” As we’ve come to grimly expect in these cases, the hospital was made aware of the theft in January, and announced it publicly on Friday after an internal audit. “We obviously deeply regret that this has happened,” said the hospital’s spokeswoman, Ms. Manners. She also said that investigators are “looking into the possibility that the theft could be part of a larger criminal scheme.”

“Patients’ Data Stolen, Hospital Says “ [New York Times]
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  1. timmus says:

    I never, EVER give anyone social security numbers except for banks, employers, and any situation where I have to bend over and get a credit approval. All other numbers I give are fake, including to hospitals. Fortunately private practices rarely care about them and I’ve almost always been able to omit them there.

  2. bohemian says:

    I stopped putting my social on any medical forms about five years ago. I have yet have anyone complain or demand that information. They don’t need it. They don’t need it for your insurance either since they use your insurance member number. Other than your name, address, birth date and insurance number there isn’t much they need from a business standpoint.

  3. Blue387 says:

    My father just got out of this hospital. He was also a patient years ago. Hmm…

  4. MaelstromRider says:

    They regret it… but are they taking it seriously?