Renee Slandera reports that the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina is notifying more than 7,000 patients that a laptop stolen from the Respiratory Therapy Department in February contained their names, dates of birth, and partial Social Security numbers.
Since the laptop was stolen, Dorn officials say all laptops connected to medical devices have been protected.
Why the heck weren’t they already protected before now?
WIS has uploaded a copy of the notification letter, here. It indicates that the laptop was discovered missing on February 11, and may also have included patients’ weight, race, and the results of their respiratory tests.