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Stolen Laptop Contained Hospital Records

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 6, 2010

A Philadelphia, PA, hospital reported this week that a personal laptop containing the names, social security numbers, birth dates and insurance information of about 21,000 patients was stolen from a hospital office, reports eSecurity Planet. The stolen laptop belonged to a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) employee who was using it to store hospital data. It was password protected, but the data was not encrypted. The hospital has conducted an investigation and is notifying patients possibly affected by the loss. "The storage of patient data on an employee's unencrypted computer--even while on TJUH premises--is a breach of hospitals' policy," said TJUH President and CEO Thomas Lewis.
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