Hospital Tells Employees Personal Info Lost
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - St. Luke's Health System has notified several thousand hospital employees in three cities that a computer tape containing some of their personal information is missing.
St. Luke's spokesman Ken Dey says the tape was in the possession of a human resources consulting firm called Mercer that was analyzing employee benefits at hospitals in Boise, Wood River and Twin Falls. Dey says Mercer hired a courier to move its files from one office to another and the backup tape was missing after the move.
The information on the tape may include names of employees and their dependents, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers.
Mercer is providing ID theft prevention services to the employees. Dey says he does not believe the information will be compromised, because the tape has to be played on a special drive.
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