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UH notifies 7,100 patients of stolen hard drive with personal medical information on it

CLEVELAND, Ohio — More than 7,100 University Hospitals patients received notification by mail this week that their protected personal medical information was potentially exposed after a hard drive containing physician office data was stolen from a third-party vendor helping to upgrade the health system’s computer systems .

Someone stole the hard drive from the car of one of the vendor’s employees, according to the letter. UH was informed of the theft Aug. 8, and the hospital system has been determining the exact information that was on the drive since then, said hospital spokeswoman Janice Guhl. 

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