Laptop Theft Results in Medicaid Privacy Breach
A laptop containing information on 9,600 patients was stolen in March.
The New Mexico Human Services Department has announced that an unencrypted laptop containing personal health information was stolen in March.
"Personal medical information stored on a laptop belonging to a New Mexico Medicaid contractor DentaQuest was stolen from the trunk of a car in Chicago on March 20," according to Infosecurity. "DentaQuest processes Medicare dental claims for the New Mexico Human Services Department and, according to the statement from agency, the laptop was taken from the car of an employee of West Monroe Partners, a subcontractor for DentaQuest."
"The New Mexico Human Services Department said the unencrypted laptop contained information on 9,600 clients, including patients' names, health plan ID number -- in certain cases, the patients' Social Security number -- and a provider ID number," the article states.
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