STATE CONTRACTOR: Can't Find Thumbdrive With Medical Providers' Data

An employee for a contractor for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is on administrative leave during an investigation of how data about 50,000 medical providers nationwide were lost.

CSC says it can't locate a thumb drive lost while being delivered between company facilities in North Carolina. A company spokeswoman said Monday the employee works on the state's new Medicaid billing system.

The company says data included Social Security numbers and birth dates related to providers barred from participating in federal health care programs. The data included nearly 1,200 North Carolina medical providers but no patient information.

The state health department announced last Friday it told CSC to perform an outside review of its security. The company says affected providers are being notified this week.