When it comes to data security, Dallas-based Children's Medical Center was a day late and a Blackberry short. On November 19 last year, a staff person reported a lost-and unencrypted-Blackberry, one that contained an e-mail with a spreadsheet attached. The spreadsheet listed some 3,800 patients who had been treated in the hospital's ICU.

Within a few hours, IT staffers at the center had remotely wiped the Blackberry clean of any data, and also determined that no one had sent any e-mails from the device. Despite these assurances, the medical center had to notify both the affected patients and the Department of Health and Human Services, disclosure stipulations mandated by the recent HITECH Act.

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