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Lest any reader think that paper health records are more secure than electronic files, the Hartford Courant reports that file folders with personal information on 4,900 people were accidentally left in a filing cabinet sold or given away free. Eighteen of the members whose information was in the files are Connecticut residents. The filing cabinet was moved from an office in Pennsylvania to CT; the woman who obtained it emailed Aetna, who picked up the files and is notifying the members.
In related news, the Attorney General is investigating the recent Wellpoint breach of sensitive health and financial information.
Ellen Andrews