Albany hospital fires 2 over missing computer

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ALBANY, Ga. - Officials at a south Georgia hospital say they've fired two employees after a computer with sensitive patient information went missing.

Officials at Phoebe Putney Hospital notified thousands of patients that their personal information may have been compromised. They say a password protected, unencrypted desktop computer containing information of more than 6,700 patients disappeared in November.

Hospital officials say an investigation found that the computer contained names, addresses, and possibly medical diagnosis information of nearly 6,800 people. They say the Social Security numbers of more than a dozen people were recorded on its hard drive.

Hospital officials tell WALB-TV that the employees were dismissed for not following policies regarding computers.

The hospital says an employee who was rearranging her office had boxed it up and left it in a hallway.

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