By Editorial Staff
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
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