By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON
Aug. 11, 2008
The Harris County Hospital District administrator who downloaded medical
and financial records for 1,200 patients onto a flash drive that later
was lost or stolen no longer works there, a district spokesman said
Spokesman Bryan McLeod confirmed the low-level administrator's departure
but would not say whether she resigned or was fired or when she left,
calling it a confidential personnel matter.
Attempts to reach the former employee for comment Monday were
The flash drive contained records listing patients' names, medical
record numbers, billing codes, the facilities where they were treated
and other billing information, the district said. It also included the
patients' Medicaid or Medicare numbers, which can indicate their Social
Security numbers or those of their spouses.
Many of the patients listed on the flash drive have HIV or AIDS,
according to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
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