Laptops with Patient Data Stolen in Alberta

The University of Alberta Hospital is reporting that a burglary occurred earlier this month resulting in two laptops containing patient information being stolen. Alberta Health Services said the theft happened on June 4th, in the hospital’s Provincial Lab Information Technology room.

Two laptops with health information of more than 300,000 people were stolen. Information on the laptops are said to include names, birth dates, personal health numbers and lab test results for communicable and reportable diseases.

The hospital said the laptops are protected by a security program that requires multiple passwords to be entered before information is made accessible.

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  1. jbmartin6 - June 26, 2009

    “The hospital said the laptops are protected by a security program that requires multiple passwords to be entered before information is made accessible.”

    I’ve worked in healthcare long enough to know this ‘protection’ isn’t worth anything. The password is probably ‘alberta1’.

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