Stanford Patient Data Posted Online in Major Privacy Malpractice

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New York Times

By KEVIN SACK

A medical privacy breach led to the public posting on a commercial Web site of data for 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., including names and diagnosis codes, the hospital has confirmed. The information stayed online for nearly a year.

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