Health Information Management

Stolen laptop at university includes PHI of more than 500 patients

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 26, 2012

A laptop stolen from a nurse practitioner in Georgia may compromise the personal information of more than 500 patients, according to a March 15 announcement by Georgia Health Sciences University on its website.

The nurse practitioner works at several sickle cell clinics in Georgia, including the Georgia Health Sciences Adult Sickle Cell Clinic. Someone stole the laptop from her home January 18.

Though the records contained on the laptop include names, dates of birth, diagnosis information, and an internal code associated with patients’ lab tests, none of the records included Social Security numbers, financial information, or addresses.

A spokesperson from Georgia Health Sciences University expressed regret at the theft and noted that the organization attempted to personally notify patients of the incident.

Source: Georgia Health Sciences University

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