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South Carolina's Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center recently sent letters to 7,405 patients warning them that an uprotected laptop was found to be missing on February 11, 2013. The laptop contained the veterans' personal information, including names, birthdates, weight, race, test results and partial Social Security numbers (h/t HealthITSecurity.com).
The laptop has not been recovered.
While VA officials told WISTV that there's no indication the patient information has been misused, the center is providing affected patients with a one-year subscription to Equifax's Credit Watch Gold with 3-in-1 Monitoring, and is advising them to place fraud alerts on their credit files.
Patients with questions are advised to call Dorn VA privacy officer Lisa Boxton at (803) 776-4000 x7692.
"We at VA take our obligation to honor and serve America's Veterans very seriously," center director Rebecca J. Wiley wrote in the notification letter, which can be viewed on WISTV's Web site. "We believe it is important for you to be fully informed of any potential risk to you and apologize for any inconvenience or concern this situation may cause."