A missing computer part, with sensitive patient credit information, is missing from Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
The hospital is trying to notify 1700 former patients, offering them free credit monitoring to those whose personal information may have been compromised.
The hospital says patient names and Social Security numbers were placed onto a portable computer storage device, used to move the information between different computer systems. Employees have since discovered that USB flashdrive is missing from where it was stored.
It contained information from transplant patients and possible donors.
"Pitt County Memorial Hospital deeply regrets this incident and is making changes to its processes to prevent this from happening again," said Steve Lawler, president of PCMH. "We work hard to earn the trust and confidence of the people we serve, and we want to do everything we can to help maintain that trust."
The hospital says the former patients date back to the 1980's and they are trying to find addressed for some of those people affected.
Contact the hospital "Breach Hotline" at 1-877-676-0376 if you have concerns about the security of your personal information or click on the link below for further details.