Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital is notifying about 10,300 patients after an employee’s password-protected but unencrypted laptop was stolen from a car on April 9. It is the third major breach for a university facility since August 2011.
Emails on the hard drive may have contained patient names, birth dates, physician names, medical record numbers, diagnoses and service dates, according to a notice from the hospital, which is in Lafayette and is part of the university’s 19-hospital delivery system. The laptop did not contain medical records, financial information or Social Security numbers.
The hospital is reviewing policies and procedures to minimize chances of such a breach occurring again, according to the notice. Arnett Hospital is not offering affected patients paid credit and/or identity protection services as the laptop did not contain financial data or Social Security numbers, a spokesperson says.
According to the HHS Office for Civil Rights Web site listing major breaches, Indiana University had two breaches of protected health information within four days in August 2011. Unauthorized access to a network server on August 12 resulted in notifying 757 individuals. A laptop stolen on August 16 compelled notification to 3,266 individuals.
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