Atlanta Journal-Constitution Quotes Kevin Coy Regarding Emory Patient Data Privacy Breach

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article on April 18, 2012, titled “Patient data missing for 315,000 Emory patients,” which quotes Kevin Coy, a partner in AGG’s Privacy and Data Breach Response practices. The article details how discs have gone missing that contain personal and health information for all patients who had surgery at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown and The Emory Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center between September 1990 and April 2007. It is uncertain whether the discs, which were from data files of an obsolete software system that Emory stopped using in 2007, were stolen or simply misplaced. Mr. Coy says that it proves more difficult to protect data compiled on outdated computer systems than is to protect personal data collected today because the older files can be easily lost or compromised.

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