FRAMINGHAM – A health care provider in Framingham has lost a hard drive that contains personal information and x-rays of almost 9,500 patients, according to letters sent to patients in Framingham and MetroWest.
Charles River Medical Associates emailed patients to say they can’t locate a hard drive, that has personal information and medical information for patients who had a bone density scan.
The non-encrypted drive included dates of birth and bone density scan images, and was updated monthly since 2010.
The loss of the drive, and data, was reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The drive has not been seen at the Union Avenue office since October.
Several patients who received letters notified Source of the data breach.
Charles River Medical Associates encouraged patients, whose medical records were potentially compromised to “regularly review different statements to check to for unexpected items, accounts or services.” Patients were told to check their credit reports.
Although Charles River Medical Associates has several locations in MetroWest, the data loss was only at this Framingham location, according to the letter.