By Nathan Crabbe
March 2, 2010
Shands HealthCare has notified about 12,500 patients that a laptop
containing their medical information was stolen in January.
The unencrypted laptop contained information about patients referred
over the past three years to the Shands at the University of Florida
gastroenterology clinical services department.
The information includes names, addresses, medical record numbers and
medical procedure codes of the patients, as well as the Social Security
numbers of about 650 people.
There is no evidence that any of the information has been used for
fraudulent purposes, according to Shands.
A Shands employee who deals with the gastroenterology clinic's patient
referral database downloaded the information under the belief that the
laptop was encrypted, said Shands spokeswoman Kim Rose. The
hospital-owned laptop was reported stolen Jan. 27 as part of a burglary
of the employee's northwest Gainesville home.
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