Corporate Compliance

Minnesota debt collector sued over stolen medical data

Compliance Monitor, February 15, 2012

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit January 19 against a debt collection agency that she said violated state and federal health privacy laws when it lost a laptop containing patient information from two Minnesota hospitals, according to a press release from the Attorney General’s office.

The unencrypted laptop containing the patient data was stolen from the car of an Accretive Health, Inc. employee in July, while the car was parked in the Minneapolis restaurant district. According to the lawsuit, a screenshot with a patient’s name, date of birth, address, Social Security number, and medical conditions was among the data contained on the laptop.

Read more on the HIPAA Update blog.

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