Health Information Management

Stanford University Medical Center reports stolen computer containing patient information

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 20, 2012

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Stanford University Medical Center has reported a computer containing medical and personal information for approximately 2,500 patients stolen from a Stanford faculty member’s locked office, according to Palo Alto Online.

If the computer is connected to the internet, software would be able to detect where it is, according to the news source.

No one’s complete medical records or health history were stored in the computer, according to the report, but it included Social Security numbers.

“We take this incident extremely seriously,” Lisa Lapin, assistant vice president of University Communications, stated in a news release. “The School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics are working with law enforcement to recover the stolen computer and to identify the responsible party. We have also further tightened security and are reviewing enhanced security measures.”

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