Thefts Affect Thousands of Hospital Patients
DATA LOSS—U.S.September 12, 2011
The Indiana University School of Medicine says the theft of a physician's laptop may have resulted in the loss of 3,000 patients' confidential information, the Chicago Tribune reports. The theft was reported to police, and the school has sent letters to those potentially affected by the breach. The personal data includes names, ages, genders, diagnoses, medical record numbers and--in some cases--Social Security numbers. Meanwhile, a Texas hospital employee has been charged with organized criminal activity after she was accused of taking hospital patients' personal information and using it to apply for short-term loans. Those affected have been notified.