St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital in Wisconsin is offering 629 patients identity protection services through ID Experts following a breach of protected health information.
On August 27, a laptop was stolen from an employee’s car, the hospital announced in a recent statement. Information that could be compromised included name, date of birth, complaint, diagnosis, procedures, test results, medications, vaccines, medical record and account numbers, provider and department of service, bed and room number, date and time of service, and visit history.
Financial information, addresses, and Social Security numbers were not on the laptop, which was unencrypted in violation of hospital policy.
“St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital is undertaking comprehensive reviews of this breach of policy and is instituting an information and re-education initiative to ensure that all employees and providers protect patient information at all times,” according to the hospital’s statement. “We have inspected all laptops to ensure they all have encryption software. We will actively be monitoring consistency of laptop encryption and conducting monthly audits to ensure compliance with our encryption policies.”
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