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Congress probes stolen laptop with 2,500 heart patients' names

Lawmakers are questioning why the government waited almost a month to warn 2,500 patients enrolled in a National Institutes of Health study that some of their medical records were in a stolen laptop computer.The laptop was stolen from the locked trunk of a researcher’s car on Feb. 23, but the NIH didn’t send letters...

Keep an eye on your medical ID

Michelle Andrews of U.S. News and World Report writes: If identity thieves were to disregard your financial accounts and instead target your medical information, your first thought might well be, “Take my medical identity. Please.” What nut would want your high cholesterol, trick knee and family history of Alzheimer’s? The answer is simple: One...

Stolen government laptop held patient data

Ellen Nakashima and Rick Weiss write in the Washington Post: A government laptop computer containing sensitive medical information on 2,500 patients enrolled in a National Institutes of Health study was stolen in February, potentially exposing seven years’ worth of clinical trial data, including names, medical diagnoses and details of the patients’ heart scans. The...

Man stole vet ID to get married, have surgery

The Associated Press reports: A Colorado man is accused of stealing an Army veteran’s identity and using it for 24 years to get married, obtain free medical treatment and even serve as president of a VFW post. Mark Mulcahy, 46, faces felony charges of identity theft, forgery and criminal impersonation. He was being held...