Health Information Management

Boston hospital notifying patients of potential computer data breach

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 13, 2012

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Nearly 4,000 patients’ PHI may have been compromised when a physician’s personal laptop computer was stolen from a Boston hospital, according to a July 23 report by hospital.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is in the process of notifying the approximate 3,900 patients, according to the notice on the hospital’s website.

The computer was stolen from the office of a BIDMC physician on May 22. The computer, which contained a tracking device, has not been recovered nor has the tracking device been activated. Police officials arrested a suspect in the theft. Meanwhile, BIDMC engaged a national forensic firm to investigate if data was compromised.

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