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Laptop Stolen, Kids' Records at Risk

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 2, 2010

Texas Children's Hospital announced that a laptop containing the names, birthdates, diagnoses and dates of service of about 1,600 patients was stolen in May. The hospital mailed letters to parents of the affected children, and the Houston Chronicle reports that there is no evidence the information has been inappropriately accessed. "Safeguard requirements and policies and procedures for laptops have been reviewed, and we are in the process of encrypting patient data to help ensure it is stored and handled in a secure manner," said a hospital press release. A suspect is in custody, but the laptop has not been recovered.
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