St. Anthony's Medical Center Suffers Security Breach (UPDATED)

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a laptop and flash drive containing 2,600 St. Anthony's Medical Center nursing home patients was stolen from a doctor's car on July 29, 2013 (h/t PHIprivacy.net).

The hospital says the computer held patient names and birthdates, and may have held medical records. It did not store Social Security numbers or financial information.

According to police, the theft did not appear to be aimed to stealing medical records. Patients with questions are advised to contact (800) 524-7262 x1575.

UPDATE 9/11/13: According to a notice [PDF] on St. Anthony's Web site, the laptop and flash drive were password-protected, though the notice doesn't state whether or not they were encrypted.

While no identity theft protection services are being offered to potentially affected patients, they're being offered advice on protecting themselves from potential harm.

"St. Anthony's Physician Organization has updated security policies and procedures related to mobile devices, including laptops and flash drives, to improve protection for information contained on them in the event of future theft," the notice states.

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