Laptop Theft Exposes 900 Patients' Personal, Medical Data

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The News Tribune reports that Dr. Ronald Schubert of Federal Way, Wash., recently began notifying approximately 900 patients who had been seen between January 2011 and November 2013 that their personal and medical information may have been exposed when a laptop was stolen from his car (h/t PHIprivacy.net).

Data on the stolen laptop includes the patients' names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and medical information.

"While I am are uncertain whether your personal information was actually obtained, I want to bring this situation to your attention," Schubert stated in a letter to affected patients. "I take very seriously our role of safeguarding your personal information and using it in an appropriate manner. I personally apologize for this situation and am taking appropriate measures to prevent a reoccurrence."

According to Schubert, all new patient information is now both password-protected and encrypted.

All those affected are being advised to place a fraud alert on their credit reports, and Schubert is offering to cover the cost of credit monitoring for a year for those patients who request it in writing.