The Oklahoma State Department of Health is notifying almost 133,000 individuals of a breach of protected health information. An agency laptop along with personal items were stolen from an employee's car on April 6 and notification letters starting being mailed on April 11.
That may be a record turnaround time under the breach notification rule that requires affected patients be notified within 60 days of a breach discovery. The laptop contained a database, related to the Oklahoma Birth Defects Registry, that held data from hospital medical records of 35,000 children. Fifty paper files containing abstracted medical information also were stolen.
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