SynerMed Admits Security Breach

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Inland Valleys IPA, a group of independent California physicians managed by SynerMed, Inc., recently began notifying members that a laptop containing protected health information (PHI) was stolen from a SynerMed employee's car on the night of April 14 or the early morning of April 15, 2013.

According to the notification letter [PDF file], the employee discovered that the laptop had been stolen on April 15, and notified SynerMed and local police.

The laptop, which was password-protected, contained an undisclosed number of members' PHI, including member name, membership number, address, CPT code, diagnosis code, and (in some cases) birthdate. According to the notification letter, the data did not include Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, or financial information.

"To date, the perpetrator of the crime has not been identified, and there is no indication of access to the PHI," SynerMed vice president of finance and IT Darren McLachlan wrote in the notification letter.

Members with questions are advised to call (213) 406-2626.