Boston Hospital Notifies 2,000 of Data Breach Resulting from Computer Virus

More than 2,000 patients at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been notified about a data breach that may have exposed their personal information after a hospital computer was compromised, The Boston Globe reports.

The Boston-based hospital said a computer that held medical record numbers, names and birth dates of 2,021 patients, as well as information about their radiology procedures had been infected with a virus and transmitted data files off-site.

No Social Security numbers or financial information were released, John Halamka, the hospital's chief information officer, told The Boston Globe.

Halamka said the virus sent information in an encrypted form, so it is unclear exactly what might have leaked.

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