Health Information Management

Hartford hospital: Unencrypted stolen laptop included PHI of 9,500 patients

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 6, 2012

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A third-party subcontractor handling health records of a hospital and home health provider is responsible for a breach involving a stolen unencrypted laptop computer that included PHI of more than 9,500 patients, according to the hospital.

Hartford Hospital and VNA HealthCare of Connecticut reported on the hospital’s website that they discovered June 26 the laptop stolen from a subcontractor employee’s home.

An employee at Greenplum, a subsidiary of one of the hospital’s vendors, EMC Corp., had been performing data analysis for EMC as part of a quality improvement project related to hospital readmissions.

The data on the Greenplum employee’s unencrypted laptop contained information on 7,461 VNA HealthCare patients and 2,097 Hartford Hospital patients.

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