Breach at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Potentially Affects 12,900 Patients


The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford recently began notifying patients that a password-protected and apparently non-functional laptop was stolen from a secured area of the hospital in early May (h/t

According to an announcement on the hospital's Web site, the laptop "could potentially contain limited medical inforamtion on pediatric patients," though there's no evidence at this point the the data has been compromised.

The medical information on the laptop pertained to operating room schedules, and could have included approximately 12,900 patients' names, ages, medical record numbers, phone numbers, surgical proecures, and physicians, from a three-year period beginning in 2009.

Earlier this year, a different laptop theft at the same hospital resulted in the potential exposure of 57,000 pediatric patients' personal information.