Files on 175 Penrose patients apparently stolen

Brian Newsome reports:

Social security numbers and other personal information for 175 patients of Penrose Hospital’s imaging department were apparently stolen earlier this month.

No arrests have been made and no one has been put on leave or fired, but both Colorado Springs police and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services are investigating. Centura Health, which oversees Penrose, is paying for a year of ID theft protection for the affected patients.

Penrose officials say that the first week of September, someone apparently took a binder containing a list of patients who received outpatient ultrasounds at Penrose in August and early September. Included in the list, which was used to keep track of patient visits, were names, dates of birth, social security numbers, home and work phone numbers, insurance providers and the reasons for having an ultrasound.

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