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Data breach at Coney Island hospital affected thousands

A volunteer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island gained unauthorized access to the protected health information of nearly 3,500 patients, the hospital told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week.

The volunteer in Coney Island's phlebotomy department entered patient names in a logbook, cleaned up data storage areas and transported specimens within the hospital—without being vetted beforehand by Coney Island's human resources department, hospital chief executive Anthony Rajkumar wrote in a sample letter to affected patients.

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