The Associated Press reports on the scope of data breaches in the healthcare sector during the past two years. In addition to the California-based Sutter Medical Foundation breach that affected more than four million patients after a computer was stolen, there have been 364 reported incidents of data loss on nearly 18 million patients--"equivalent to the population of Florida." Of the Sutter Medical Foundation breach, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Director Beth Givens said, "Had this data been encrypted, you and I wouldn't be having this discussion. It would be a nonissue." Meanwhile, Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas may undergo a federal investigation for a breach that may have compromised the information of approximately 8,000 patients.
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