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729,000 AHMC Healthcare patients affected by theft of two laptop computers

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 18, 2013

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The theft of two password-protected laptops from a secure office at AHMC Healthcare, Inc., in California, compromised the PHI of 729,000 patients, according to a statement on the AHMC website. The laptops contained data for six AHMC hospitals.

The laptops contained patient names, insurance numbers, diagnosis/procedure codes, and insurance/patient payment information, according to the statement. Video surveillance showed the alleged thief breaking into a locked office October 12.

AHMC Healthcare recently contracted with a third-party auditing company to perform a security risk analysis and to expedite a policy to encrypt all laptops within the hospital group, according to the statement.

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