Corporate Compliance

Stolen laptop contains information for more than 3,000 patients

Compliance Monitor, December 29, 2010

A Dean Clinic physician’s personal laptop computer containing information for a specific group of patients was stolen in a home invasion robbery, according to a statement released by Dean Health Systems, Inc.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that more than 3,000 patients may have been affected by the breech.

The laptop contained protected health information, including patient names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, diagnoses, procedures, and possibly pathology data. However, the laptop did not contain patients’ Social Security numbers, credit card information, home addresses, phone numbers or financial information.

Dean Health Systems, an integrated health system based in Wisconsin, sent letters to the affected patients on December 18. The hospital also advised affected patients to contact an identity protection services agency with whom the hospital partnered.

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