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Hospital loses track of hard drive with patient data

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

BANGOR, Maine (AP):

A Maine hospital says it lost track of a hard drive containing the personal information of 660 patients.

Eastern Maine Medical Center announced yesterday that it's mailing notices to patients to ensure that they take precautions to avoid identity theft.

Officials say the hard drive contained names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, one-word condition descriptors, and images from a specific type of cardiac procedure performed at the hospital. The procedures took place between January 3, 2011, and December 11, 2017.

Police are investigating the theft.

Officials say the risk of identity theft is minimal because the hard drive didn't contain Social Security numbers, addresses, or financial information. Nonetheless, all of those patients will be eligible for identity theft monitoring for a year.