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St. Luke’s tells employees personal info lost

Several thousand employees and former employees of St. Luke’s Health System are being advised to check their credit reports after a tape containing personal information was lost by a company hired to study the hospital system’s health insurance.

A human resources consulting firm called Mercer lost the tape in April while it was moving information to Washington for storage, said St. Luke’s spokesman Ken Dey.

The tape contained information about 3,000 to 4,000 employees’ names, addresses, dates of birth, and social security numbers, Dey said. The employees who are affected worked full-time at St. Luke’s hospitals in Boise and Meridian in 2006 and 2007, he said.

Mercer has offered a service to those employees to help them check their credit reports and make sure their personal information hasn’t been misused, Dey said. Mercer informed St. Luke’s about the loss of the tape in June, a delay he described as “disappointing.”

But “there are no reported problems; we haven’t heard anything from any of our employees,” he said. The tape would be difficult to read, because it must be played on a particular type of server, he noted.

According to Associated Press, the information on the tape may include names of employees and their dependents, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

Mercer is providing ID theft prevention services to the employees.

About Anne Wallace Allen

Anne Wallace Allen is the editor of the Idaho Business Review.