Stolen Laptop Exposes 1,100 Pediatric Patients' Health Information
The unencrypted laptop contained patients' names, birthdates, testing dates, testing results, physicians' names, and other demographic information.
New Jersey's Barnabas Health recently announced that an unencrypted laptop was stolen on September 24, 2013 from the Barnabas Health Medical Group's Pediatric Specialty Center in Livingston, N.J. (h/t PHIprivacy.net).
Although the theft was discovered on the same day and police were notified, the laptop has not been recovered.
The laptop, which was attached to pulmonary function testing equipment, contained patients' names, birthdates, testing dates, testing results, physicians' names, and other demographic information. It didn't contain any addresses, financial information or insurance or other identification numbers.
"After a thorough investigation, measures are being implemented to avoid similar incidents in the future, including directives against the use of unencrypted laptops, and a review of applicable safeguards," the company noted in a statement provided to PHIprivacy.net. "Employees of the Center were retrained on various patient privacy and security obligations and policies."
Patients with questions are advised to contact Barnabas Health at (800) 583-1191.
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