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Employee fired for Utah health data breach

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The employee who lost a device containing personal information for about 6,000 Utah Medicaid recipients has been fired.

The Utah Department of Health reported Wednesday that an employee with an outside contractor lost a USB memory stick containing the data last week while traveling.

Goold Health Systems CEO Jim Clair declined to give the fired woman's name, but said she was an excellent employee who made a mistake.

The Health Department says the lost data was limited to names, Medicaid numbers, prescription drug use and ages and there's a low risk it will lead to identity theft.

Last year, the Health Department announced hackers broke into a server containing personal data for about 780,000 people, including the Social Security numbers of about 280,000 of them.