A Denver branch of dialysis provider DaVita is offering 11,500 patients a year of credit/identity theft protection after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from an employee’s vehicle.
The organization requires encryption but has determined the protection on the stolen laptop had been unintentionally deactivated, according to a DaVita statement. The company has implemented additional safeguards to prevent a reoccurrence.
Protected information on the laptop included name, clinical diagnosis, insurance carrier name, claims data and dialysis treatment information. About 375 patients also had their Social Security numbers inside the device. While the company has no evidence that the information has been accessed or used, it decided “out of an abundance of caution” to offer protective services from ID Experts to all who were affected.
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