[ISN] Shands notifies 12,500 patients that data at risk

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 00:19:03 -0600 (CST)

By Nathan Crabbe
Staff writer
March 2, 2010

Shands HealthCare has notified about 12,500 patients that a laptop 
containing their medical information was stolen in January.

The unencrypted laptop contained information about patients referred 
over the past three years to the Shands at the University of Florida 
gastroenterology clinical services department.

The information includes names, addresses, medical record numbers and 
medical procedure codes of the patients, as well as the Social Security 
numbers of about 650 people.

There is no evidence that any of the information has been used for 
fraudulent purposes, according to Shands.

A Shands employee who deals with the gastroenterology clinic's patient 
referral database downloaded the information under the belief that the 
laptop was encrypted, said Shands spokeswoman Kim Rose. The 
hospital-owned laptop was reported stolen Jan. 27 as part of a burglary 
of the employee's northwest Gainesville home.


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