Patients receive notifications of breach at Sharp HealthCare

Sharp HealthCare has notified 757 patients of a data breach following the suspected theft of a computer and external memory device holding their protected health information.

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“The devices, which were kept in a locked cabinet in an access-controlled patient area at the Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion were discovered missing on Monday morning, February 6,” according to a statement from the organization.

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The devices processed and stored patient wellness screening information on outpatient blood pressure or cardiac health studies. Compromised data included names, dates of birth, ages, current medications, family history and a summary of performed studies.

Sharp Healthcare is not offering credit or identity theft protection services, saying the compromised information did not include more sensitive information, such as financial information and Social Security numbers, a spokesperson confirmed. This is a common practice as costs for protective services can become prohibitive.

The organization is conducting a review of security practices.

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