Alere Home Monitoring, a vendor of home testing products for patients taking anticoagulant drugs, has notified 116,506 patients in multiple states including California and Florida that their protected health information including Social Security numbers was on a stolen laptop.
The password-protected but unencrypted laptop was stolen from an employee’s car. In addition to SSNs, other compromised information includes names, addresses and diagnoses. The theft occurred on Sept. 23 and the company was notified around Oct. 1.
Waltham, Mass.-based Alere is offering affected patients one free year of credit monitoring services. The company also has encrypted laptops and retrained staff on privacy and security procedures.
In California, San Francisco law firm Keller Grover LLP has issued its own press release giving details on the Alere breach and highlighting class action lawsuits the firm filed following breaches at St. Joseph Health System and Sutter Health.
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