By Yepoka Yeebo
MANHATTAN — A Manhattan Hospital leaked information on about 6,800 patients on the Internet, including 10 social security numbers, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center on Monday revealed staff accidentally put the information about intensive care patients on a public server in July.
Spokeswoman Myrna Manners told the Times there was no "criminal wrongdoing." She told the paper that "snippets" of data, like names, ages, surgical status, temperature and pulse had become accessible to Internet search engines, but that patient's diagnoses weren't listed.
The mistake was revealed when a patient's relative found the information online, and the Washington Heights hospital has been investigating since.
"We deeply regret that this has occurred and we understand the concern that patients and their families may feel upon learning that their information may have been exposed," said a hospital statement. "We have no evidence that this information has been improperly used. We are in the process of informing all affected patients and have set up a hot line for patients to call if they have questions."