All I can say is “WOW!” I wonder how much this is going to cost the hospitals. How much damage is done to their reputation? What kind of government settlement, oversight and years of scrutiny will this cost the hospitals when the regulatory agencies are done negotiating with them on penalties and remediation?
Here is the gist of the story:
Thieves made off with the personal health records of an estimated 1.7 million New Yorkers' when they stole backup tapes from four Bronx hospitals In December. According to statement issued by the 14-hospital system on Feb. 11, computer backup tapes were stolen containg the records. The report came just days after the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation began notifying victims Feb. 9. While it took HHC nearly two months before reporting the data breach, it was well within the 60-day period required by New York state law.