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Personal information on more than 83,000 Johns Hopkins Hospital patients was included on a backup computer tape that was sent to an outside contractor in late December 2006. Johns Hopkins discovered in late January 2007 that the tape, which was to be transferred to microfiche for archival purposes, was never returned.
All of the hospital patients were either new patients first seen between July 4 and December 18, 2006, or had changes in their demographic information in that time. The information included names, dates of birth, mothers’ maiden names, fathers’ names, sex, gender and medical record number. There was no medical information, Social Security numbers, addresses or financial information of any kind on the tape. This means that the risk of identity theft or other misuse of patients’ information on that tape is very, very low.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faulty and staff, and employees of the Johns Hopkins Health System, may have been among those patients.
If your personal information was on the hospital tape, The Johns Hopkins Hospital is mailing a letter confirming that fact to all but a relatively few for whom there are no addresses available.
Eight other backup tapes sent to the contractor contained personal information on more than 52,000 Johns Hopkins University employees. If you also are an employee of Johns Hopkins University, go to http://www.jhu.edu/identityalert/employee.html for further information.
After an extensive investigation, Johns Hopkins believes it is highly likely that the tapes were inadvertently destroyed.
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