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Laptop stolen from mammo suite with data on 5,400 patients




Laptop stolen from mammo suite with data on 5,400 patients
Laptop stolen from mammo suite with data on 5,400 patients



http://www.healthimaging.com/index.php?option=com_articles&view=article&id=21982:laptop-stolen-from-mammo-suite-with-data-on-5400-patients 

By Editorial Staff   
HealthImaging.com
May 2, 2010

The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky., is currently notifying 5,418 
patients of a breach of personal protected health information, resulting 
from the theft of computer equipment from its mammography suite 
containing information on patients who underwent bone density testing 
between 1997 and 2009.

At this point the provider said it had no reason to believe the device 
was stolen for the information on it or that any personal information 
has been released or used.

On April 1, the Medical Center said it discovered that the laptop had 
been stolen from its mammography suite. Upon learning of the theft, the 
facility launched an investigation of the incident, and the theft has 
been reported to the Bowling Green Police Department.

The facility has since discovered the data on the device included each 
patient's name, date of birth, address, medical record number and 
physician name. Some patients' records also included information, such 
as social security numbers, weight, height and menopause age. The data 
on the hard drive was not encrypted; however, the hard drive was 
maintained in a locked, non-public, private area, according to the 
hospital.

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