Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and its VNA HealthCare hospice and home health partner have announced a breach of protected health information caused by a business associate and affecting 9,558 patients. Following is the organizations’ formal statement on the incident and its aftermath:

“On June 26, 2012, the leadership teams of Hartford Hospital and VNA HealthCare learned that an unencrypted laptop computer containing personal information of some of their patients was stolen from the home of an employee of a firm called Greenplum, which is a subsidiary of one of our vendors, EMC Corp. Greenplum was performing data analysis for EMC on our behalf as part of a quality improvement project related to hospital readmissions.

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