Health privacy undermined: Worst breaches of 2009

Octo-mom, ransom notes and stolen Blackberries entangled in these tales of health information breaches and lost medical records
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Hospitals, pharmacies and health insurance companies are among the hardest hit when it comes to hacker attacks, stolen laptops, spying employees and other information security mishaps. Healthcare organizations are losing more than just names and Social Security numbers. When their data gets stolen, patients lose the privacy of their medical conditions and treatments while at the same time falling prey to identity theft, medical billing fraud and other criminal schemes. Here's a look at the worst healthcare data breaches of 2009 as recorded by The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and some of the scary stories behind them.

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