HIPAA Business Associate Informs 31K Record Data Violation

Omaha-based Seim Johnson, a commercial partner of several healthcare providers in Nebraska and outside, has declared that one of its laptops was thieved in Nashville, Tennessee, revealing almost 31,000 healthcare patient files. The laptop had the protected health information of 30,972 healthcare patients, including 4,200 patients of Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska. It’s not sure which other healthcare providers were functioning...

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Apple Health HIPAA Violation Affects 91K Medicaid Receivers

As per a statement released by Steve Dotson, HCA risk manager, a Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) worker has breached the safeguarded health info of 91,000 Apple Health Medicaid package customers over a duration of nearly 3 years. All affected persons are being informed that their name, Social Security number, Apple Health ID number, date of birth, and private health info were improperly revealed between 2013 and 2015. The...

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Two Employees Sacked for Jason Pierre-Paul HIPAA Violation

Earlier in July 2015, Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giant football team member paid a visit to Jackson Memorial Hospital of Miami for medication following a fireworks mishap. News reports appeared soon after verifying Pierre-Paul had undergone a major hand damage. At the time of the disaster, the football player was discussing a new $60 million agreement with the Giants. ESPN’s Adam Schefter succeeded to get control of Pierre-Paul’s...

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Borgess Rheumatology Notifies 700 Patients of Mailing Mistake

Borgess Rheumatology has notified that 700 of its patients have been affected by a mailing mistake which happened on December 9, 2015. That revealed their PHI. Although no Social Security numbers or other extremely confidential data have been revealed, concerned patients have had their names as well as the truth that they get medical services at Borgess Rheumatology revealed to another patient. In each one incident, a lone patient...

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Lincare Inc to Disburse $239,800 CMP for HIPAA Infringement

For just the second time in its past, OCR has instructed a HIPAA-covered body to disburse civil fiscal fines for HIPAA infringements. Lincare Inc. is needed to pay $239,800 for breaches of the HIPAA Secrecy Law which were found during the inquiry of a complaint concerning an infringement of 278 patient data. The Secrecy Law breach – 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(i) – was lately approved by a U.S. Department of Health as well as Human Services...

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Hawai‘i Medical Facility Association Privacy Infringement Affects 10,800

Autonomous Blue Cross Blue Shield license holder Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) has begun sending infringement announcement letters to 10,800 members warning them to a privacy infringement that led to one member’s medical disorder being revealed to another HMSA member. The privacy infringement was triggered by a mistake made with the dispatching of care management letters to members, which led to letters being dispatched...

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Survey Shows Law Companies are not Complying with HIPAA Regulations

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) deals with health insurers, healthcare providers, and healthcare clearinghouses, and all covered entities are required to comply with HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Infringement Announcement Laws. HIPAA additionally applies to vendors as well as other firms carrying out business with covered bodies, which are classified as HIPAA Business Associates. In case a Business...

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Community Mercy Health Partners Informs Patients of November Data Infringement

During late November, a member of the public found many documents at a recycling center which seemed to have come from hospitals administrated by Community Mercy Health Partners. The documents included complete info concerning patients who had gotten medical services between 2005 and 2013. The info in the documents contained patients’ names, physicians’ names, health insurance details, medical diagnoses, types of study they were...

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St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Informs Data Exposure to 29K Patients

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has released a media declaration providing more information on the 29,156-record data infringement that happened on October 31, 2015. The hospital has clarified that the infringement happened when an unknown person entered a top-secret space of the hospital and thieved a thumb drive having a limited amount of patient data. The device was unencrypted as well as contained patient names, medical record...

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Six Lost Hard Drives Informed by Centene: 950,000 Members Affected

Centene Corporation, Wisconsin-based health insurer, has declared the loss of 6 unencrypted computer hard drives having the safeguarded health information of roughly 950,000 of its members. The hard drives were being utilized for a job to make better the health results of plan members. The persons affected by the security infringement had all received laboratory facilities from 2009 to 2015. The data saved on the devices included...

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Snapchat Video Post Causes Nursing Assistant Sacked

A nursing helper from the Parkside Manor assisted-living service in Kenosha, WI. has been sacked for showing a video of a nearly nude 93-year-old Alzheimer’s patient as well as distributing the file on Snapchat. In recent months an unpleasant tendency has developed concerning nurses taking pictures as well as videos of old patients and distributing the files on social media nets. The videos and images display patients in performing...

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Phishing Assault Borne by Brigham and Women’s and Brigham as well as Women’s Faulkner Hospitals

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital has warned patients of a security infringement as soon as a phishing assault compromised the email account of a hospital worker. 1,009 patients have been impacted by the cyberattack.   Late previous year, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital worker suffered a phishing assault that developed in the login identifications of an email account being revealed to the invader. The account included a small...

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New West Health Services Data Breach Affected 25,000 Patients

New West Health Services has begun informing 25,000 patients concerning the loss of a password-protected, unencrypted laptop containing wide-ranging Protected Health Information. Latest West Health Services Data Infringement Affects 25,000 Patients   New West Health Services, a not-for-profit provider of subsidized health policies, including Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans, has informed the thievery of one of its...

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Telephone Phishing Swindle Affects 21K Blue Shield of California Customers

An infringement of PHI caused by a worker of a business partner who fell for a telephone phishing fraud has been informed by Blue Shield of California. Nearly 21,000 people have been influenced by the security infringement. Insurers and healthcare providers must conduct staff training to make sure workers are conscious of the danger of phishing campaigns sent by email, however, the newest Californian healthcare data infringement...

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Latest Oregon Infringement Notification Law Becomes Effective

Companies doing business in the state of Oregon should now abide by the latest data infringement law that became effective on January 1, 2016. If a data infringement is suffered that reveals the personal information of over 250 state residents, an infringement notice should be presented to the Oregon Attorney General. On June 10 previous year, Kate Brown, Oregon Governor initialed the latest rule (Oregon Amended Laws 646A.604)...

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IU Health Arnett Security Infringement Affects 29K Patients

Arnett Hospital of Indiana University Health has notified 29,324 patients concerning the possible revelation of their Protected Health Information (PHI) following an unencrypted flash drive vanished from its emergency division. The flash drive was found to be lost on November 20, 2015, and an inspection was instantly started. Work is continuing to try to find the lost flash drive that was stolen inside a part of the hospital not open...

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Advantages of Healthcare Text Messaging Emphasized by New Analysis

Additional evidence has appeared presenting the advantages of healthcare written messaging. A recently published study in the Journal of the American Heart Association obviously indicated that an automatic mHealth interference using Smartphone and text messages tracing applications might prove to be a good approach for rising patients’ physical activity stages. The advantages of rising activity stages, particularly for patients with...

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Infringement of Washington Town Health Care District Information

Roughly 3 months after suffering an infringement of personal information, Washington Town Health Care District has tendered an infringement notification to the California Attorney General’s Office describing an infringement of personal information of Californians. The information infringement was found out on October 8, 2015, and included the possible opening of a Washington Community Health Resource Library computer system by an...

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Cottage Health System Security Inspection Exposes 11K-Record Data Break

On Tuesday Cottage Health System informed its 11,000 sick persons to instruct them that a few of their PHIs were revealed as a consequence of a server occurrence that happened in October 2015. For two weeks, patients had their names and addresses, details of medicinal findings and processes, and their Social Security numbers displayed as a consequence of shelters being detached from a server. An announcement publicized by Cottage...

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Connecticut OIG Makes $90K Pact with Hartford Hospital and BA Over 2012 Laptop Theft

Hartford Hospital as well as one of its BAs, EMC Corporation (EMC), have contracted to a settlement with the Connecticut OIG on the 2012 thievery of a laptop having the unencrypted files of 8,883 Connecticut inhabitants. Hartford Hospital and EMC have contracted to a payment of $90,000 to settle the happening. The contract was reached willingly, and no confession of responsibility has been acknowledged by either party. EMC was hired...

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ONC Publicizes Final 10-Year Interoperability Program

On Tuesday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced the long-anticipated final 10-Year Interoperability Program. After the announcement of the draft form of the program in January 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator wanted remarks from interested parties. More than 250 remarks were received, which were utilized to fine- tune the plan before the announcement of the final form. The final Countrywide...

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Car Theft Leads to Revelation of PHI of 2900 People

Insurance Data Services (IDS), a Wyoming-based medicinal invoicing firm, has begun to send break notice letters to patients of Claystone Clinical Associates, one of its HIPAA-covered customers, to notify them of the possible revelation of some of their Protected Health Information (PHI). A West Michigan based Delivery Service had been contracted by IDS to deliver client mailings; however, the automobile utilized by the courier firm...

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Urology Associates Notifies 6500-Record Documents Break

Offsite storing of paper medical files might be convenient if facility room is restricted; but as Kailspell-based healthcare supplier, Urology Associates lately found the decision to store files offsite might prove to be costly. The firm had taken help of a local storing service and rented a unit to stock boxes of old medical files. Unluckily, the facility was lately thieved. Storage Units are Dangerous Places to Keep Confidential...

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Healthcare Software Security Evaluated by Veracode

The cloud presents healthcare suppliers the chance to simplify the provision and administration of medical facilities. However, healthcare suppliers trying to use the ability of the cloud might possibly be putting Protected Health Information (PHI) at peril. HIPAA needs covered entities to always protect PHI, whether it takes the shape of digital files or physical records. Any PHI accessible or stored through applications or other...

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Crown Point Medical Tests Uncovers HIPAA Breach

A former company belonging to Crown Point Medical Tests has breached the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) when it did not securely throw away files having the Protected Health Information (PHI) of more than 166 people. The victims had earlier had medical checks handled via My Fast Lab. Barry Walker of Cedar Lake established My Fast Lab in 2013, even though the business is no more in operation. The business...

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Hacking Peaks List of 2015 Data Break Reasons

A study of break details for the duration of the initial 5 months of the year demonstrates that the main reason of 2015 HIPAA breaks is still hacking, which keep on to reveal patient health files in the millions. The huge data break at Anthem Inc., revealed 78.8 million member files, however, the HIPAA breach at Premera Health was possibly more severe. Even though 11 million files were taken by hackers – significantly less than in the...

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Symantec Study Confirms Data Breaks Rose 23% in 2014

It’s April, which indicates the announcement of the Symantec Yearly Internet Security Statement. Every year the security software business issues a report collected from the files that it accumulated throughout the course of the previous year. The statement – which can be viewed here – is an awareness of the overall condition of cybersecurity. The figures demonstrate that the quantity of security breaches increased 23% in 2014. The...

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Existing Risk of Scam from 2012 Philadelphia Ambulance HIPAA Break

This week the Philadelphia Fire Department informed a data break involving 750 people who had utilized the ambulance facility in 2012. Three years before a worker of Intermedix, the company accustomed to managing the Fire Department’s data requirements, had been provided access to files; however, one worker utilized his data access rights to thieve financial files of patients. The files were thieved to file fake tax returns as per an...

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Evansville Medical Center Hack Reveals HIPAA Files of 4,400

Hackers have accessed the E-mail accounts of a lot of workers of the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana, leading in the PHI of roughly 4,400 patients potentially being revealed. Randy Capehart, a spokesperson for St. Mary’s Medical Center, released a statement declaring the HIPAA break to the media. In the statement, he described the kind of the attack as well as the data that was possibly revealed. The E-mail accounts...

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Anthem Data Break Projected to Cost Over $100 Million

A HIPAA break carries a massive fiscal fine and one the level of which lately impacted Anthem Inc., is thought to cause costs of several tens of millions of dollars. Anthem has an insurance plan from the American International Group to safeguard against cybercrime and data revelations and is protected for damages up to $100 million. Yet this sizeable amount might be used with the latest data break. The total damage, which is not...

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Indiana Attorney General Announces $12,000 HIPAA Penalty for Discarded PHI

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has announced its first penalty for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations pursuant to part 13410(e) of the HITECH Act. The penalty of $12,000 was imposed on ex Kokomo dentist, Joseph Beck, for unlawfully throwing out of the Protected Health Information (PHI) of his patients. 63 boxes of private records comprising an approximated 7,000 files were found in an Olive Branch...

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Business Associates Constitute 40 Percent of HIPAA Breaks

In the 1st quarter of 2013, 40 percent of all HIPAA breaks involving the revelation of PHI that affected over 500 people were the consequence of the acts of BAs of HIPAA–protected entities. The problem seems to be increasing because throughout the preceding 4 years BAs caused 30 percent of all registered HIPPA security breaks. This fact hasn’t been overlooked by the Division of Health and Human Services. A fresh rule has been created...

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Highmark Branch Visionworks Struck by 75K HIPAA Break

Highmark Inc., the Pennsylvania-based health Insurance business, has declared today that Visionworks, one of its branches, has misplaced a computer server having the medical files of roughly 75,000 patients. The medicinal information saved on the server contained particulars of patients’ trips to Visionworks optometrists, their lens recommendations and names as well as addresses. The HIPAA break is believed to have possibly revealed...

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Data Secrecy Break to Cost Tenet Healthcare up to $32.5 Million

Tenet Healthcare is among the top suppliers of healthcare in the United States of America with the Texas-based business managing healthcare facilities throughout the country. For the previous 17 years, the business has been involved in a class action litigation stemming from the main security break at one of its psychiatric healthcare facilities. The litigation was initially filed in 1997 after the potential revelation of secret...

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Aventura Hospice Suffers Third HIPAA Violation Revealing 82,601 Files

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has found that the HIPAA infringements it suffered throughout the past 2 years were merely the tip of the iceberg. It has now declared a 3rd security break which has affected as many as 82,601 people. The healthcare provider has just recently found the break, although it began only one day after the previous one was rectified. The data of 948 patients was revealed between October 1, 2012 and...

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St. Vincent Breast Center Violates HIPAA with 63K-Patient Mailing

The St. Vincent Breast Center, an Indianapolis-based health care provider of analytical services for ladies, has informed that a clerical mistake has led to 63,325 patients getting a mailing having wrong information, containing the names, addresses as well as appointment times of further patients. The letters were dispatched to advise patients of Solis Women’s Health Breast Imaging Specialists of Indiana P.C and the Indianapolis...

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Community Health Center Probed for 130K-Patient HIPAA Violation

A past IT Director of Community Health Center, Connecticut has charged that the healthcare provider did not tackle many security weaknesses and believes his employment was ended as a consequence of highlighting those problems to the higher management. Additionally, when he was sent his own stuff the bundle he received is suspected to have included a computer hard drive on which there were roughly 130,000 medical files of existing and...

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Boston Business Associate Sacked Over 15K HIPAA Violation

MDF Transcription Services, a Business Partner of Boston Medical Center, has been sacked after a HIPAA breach that revealed the secret data of roughly 15,000 people when their information was publicized on an unsafe transcription website. The HIPAA breach wasn’t found by the hospital, but by a different healthcare provider who noted that information had been erroneously displayed on the website. According to a statement provided...

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Onsite Health Diagnostics Hack Shows 60K-Patient Files

Hackers have penetrated a decommissioned net server at healthcare Business Partner, Onsite Health Diagnostics (OHD), and got access to patient files for a period of 3 months before the incursion was identified. OHD is a Dallas-based subcontractor for offering medical screening and testing services under a health plan managed by Healthways for the state of Tennessee. The business has tens of thousands of protected health files. On...

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HIPAA Violations Cost Healthcare Industry $5.6 Billion a Year

A latest statement from the Ponemon Institute has emphasized the gravity of the danger from cyber-attacks and must serve as a notice to healthcare providers that they should improve data safety. The cost to the industry is substantial. Data violations are projected to cost the healthcare trade $5.6 billion a year, and that money might be put to much better use conducting research and improving healthcare facilities. While the report...

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Patents Entitlements to Medical Test Data Upgraded under HIPAA

Access to private healthcare information enables patients to take care of their health and work together with their care providers. Getting access to info has now become easier after the issuing of the final law modifying the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). The latest change, which was publicized a couple of days ago, lets a patient or her or his chosen representative access the full laboratory reports after...

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AHMC Healthcare Omnibus Law Breach Causes 729K HIPAA Violations

The HIPAA Omnibus Law was introduced to make better standards of data safety in the healthcare business and under the new Law, businesses are needed to apply many additional processes to defend the health files of patients. While a number of organizations have updated policies and procedures to make sure conformity with the latest Law, AHMC Healthcare didn’t take action in time to avoid a security violation. Had it have done so, the...

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How the HIPAA Comprehensive Final Law Applies to E-mail Contact with Patients

The Comprehensive Final Law was created at the beginning of the year and covered companies – which now contains business partners as well as their subcontractors – now require to update policies and procedures to abide by the new rules if they haven’t already done so. The time limit for conformity with the new law is September 23, 2013, and any covered body found not to have applied the necessary changes after this date might incur a...

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Huge HIPAA Data Breach Reveals 4M Patient Files

One of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, Advocate Health Care, has declared that it has suffered a main HIPAA security violation after 4 unencrypted laptops were thieved from the Advocate Medical Group administrative buildings in Illinois on July 15. The laptops had the records of more than 4 million people, making this the 2nd biggest data security infringement ever documented. This HIPAA infringement has affected nearly as...

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Wellpoint Approves $1.7 Million Payment for HIPAA Breaches

Wellpoint is among the leading providers of Affiliated Health Policies, with nearly 36 million policy holders throughout the United States. Fraction of its databank of policy holders was accessible to illegal persons between October 23, 2009, and March 7, 2010. The safety infringement was brought to the notice of Wellpoint in March 2010 when a litigation was recorded in California by a claimant who found it was likely to access the...

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Idaho State University Instructed to Pay $400K Settlement for HIPAA Violation

Disobeying HIPAA rules can incur severe fines, as found by Idaho State University this month. The organization has lately been compelled to settle down with the Division of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights for suspected breaches of the HIPAA Privacy Law. Penalties were issued for HIPAA non-compliance problems pertaining to inadequacies, network security which revealed secret patient health info to 3rd parties. ISU had...

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Hospital X-Ray Racket Provides Burglars with PHI of 17K Patients

Once the Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic decided for its X-ray films to be updated as well as shifted to digital media, the healthcare company naturally required external help. A 3rd party dealer was found that could provide the assistance and the X-ray pictures were sent for change. The agreement was approved in January of this year and the pictures were transmitted; nevertheless when the clinic did not receive the electronic duplicates of...

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HIPAA Comprehensive Rule Comes into Force

The HIPAA Comprehensive Regulation was printed on Jan 25, 2013, by the Division of Health and Human Services (HHS) like an improvement to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The latest rule came into effect on March 26, 2013, and changes current HIPAA rules to provide greater safety of patient data; spreading the reach of HIPAA as well as changing rules to conform them with the Health Information...

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HIPAA Violation at Froedtert Health Reveals 43,000 Patient Documents

Milwaukee centered healthcare provider, Froedtert Health, has declared it has experienced a data violation that may possibly have impacted as many as 43,000 patients as a consequence of a computer virus that had contaminated an employee’s Computer. Froedtert Health runs a 3-hospital system consisting of the St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, and Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. Patients...

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441-Patient HIPAA Infringement Leads to 50K Fine

According to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules, healthcare companies are needed to inform data infringements involving over 500 people to the Office of Civil Rights and fiscal fines apply for HIPAA breaches; nevertheless, security violations involving lesser people can still lead to penalties being imposed. During 2010, a laptop was thieved from a community non-profit hospital in Hayden, North Idaho....

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