Health Information Management

Medical center loses laptop containing ICU patient health information

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 4, 2012

A laptop containing patient information was reported missing from a local physician office in mid-March, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. Reported on May 18 on the Medical Center’s website.

The laptop contained health information (e.g., patient names, ages, dates of admission and discharge, and treatment results) for more than 17,000 patients who visited the adult intensive care unit (ICU) between 2000 and 2008. The laptop has not yet been recovered and the investigation continues, according to the press release.
“We regularly review our physical and electronic safeguards to ensure that personally identifiable information remains private and secure. In light of this incident, we are taking additional, aggressive steps to examine new ways to further secure our data and prevent similar occurrences in the future. The plan includes additional education, greater physical and encryption controls and an organization-wide personal device inventory,” Our Lady of the Lake states in the press release.
Click here to read more on the Medical Center website.


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