Kelly Ayotte

New Hampshire psychiatric patient accused of data breach

A former patient at New Hampshire's state psychiatric hospital posted confidential information about thousands of people on a social media website, health officials said Tuesday.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said a patient using a computer in the New Hampshire Hospital library in October 2015 accessed information on as many as 15,000 people who had received department services. At the time, a hospital staffer noticed the patient had found nonconfidential department information and alerted a supervisor, but the incident was not reported to hospital management or the state.

In August, a security officer at the hospital informed the...