If you just think of protecting patients safety, tracking expensive hospital gear and making the parking garage safer, think about when it comes to hospital and medical center security. For example, the University of Washington Medical Center just sent out an alert that information, including Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, birthdates and addresses, of up to 210 people could have been compromised. A local television station, KING 5, reported that the UW Medical Center learned of the theft after King County sheriffs found the personal information inside the home of a convicted felon who was being arrested for violating parole. The man’s girlfriend works for NCO Financial Systems, a company the medical center uses to process patient payments. The employee at NCO was arrested and could face felony charges in the case.

The April 2010 issue of Security Magazine will have comprehensive coverage of healthcare security. There are other article resources in the magazine archive at http://www.securitymagazine.com

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