By Lee Shearer
October 2, 2007
A computer server missing from an Athens Regional Medical Center medical
clinic in Watkinsville could contain private patient information.
An ARMC Security Incident Response Team is working to find out exactly
what information was on the computer, according to ARMC spokeswoman
"We don't know yet," Cook said.
Patients will be notified if the security team determines that patient
information or financial information was on the stolen computer, she
As the team investigates, ARMC workers have been issued new passwords,
The hospital is treating the missing computer as a theft, not just
The team will find out what is in the machine's memory "as soon as
humanly possible," Cook said.
According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, the computer, a Dell
Optiplex GX-620, disappeared sometime between Sept. 21 and last Tuesday
from the hospital's Regional First Care clinic at 1010 Village Drive in
Workers from an outside company had been working in the clinic during
that period, according to the sheriff's report.
The computer was used as a server (a computer that holds information
that can be accessed by other computers in a network), according to the
ARMC officials found the computer was missing after they noticed it was
not responding to queries from other computers.
A system set up by the hospital's information technology department
alerted hospital officials that the server was offline and not
communicating, Cook said.
Although the computer was a server, it was a backup server, not the main
one used at the Regional First Care clinic, Cook said.
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