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USB sticks at hospital concerns

25th July 2007

The security of data stored on universal serial bus (USB) sticks has been questioned after a stick containing unprotected confidential patient details at the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust was stolen.

Junior doctors currently use USB sticks to save and store patient data and pass it on to other clinicians at the end of a shift. Rules say data should be stored on secure sticks which use at least 128-bit encryption protection and used on the trust’s computers but an investigation has found that these procedures are not always adhered to.

 

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