The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C., has notified more than 7,400 patients of a breach of information after a laptop was discovered missing on Feb. 11, 2013.
The laptop was connected to a medical device that tests pulmonary function. Information on the laptop included name, age, birth date, race, weight, test results and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.
All laptops linked to medical devices now have been “physically protected” and personally identifiable information is being purged from medical devices, the medical center noted in its patient notification letter. A representative was not immediately available to explain the new protections for laptops.
Dorn VA Medical Center is offering affected patients one year of paid credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance and assistance.
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