Hospice laptop with personal info stolen
Park Ridge-based Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care is alerting patients after a laptop computer containing patients’ personal information was stolen during a nurse’s home visit in April.
The theft occurred April 12 in Chicago, Rainbow Hospice announced publicly last week. The computer contained patient names, addresses, social security numbers, insurance information, medications, treatments and diagnoses, the health care provider said. Individuals with information stored on the computer were notified.
“The laptop was encrypted and although there is no evidence that the information has been accessed or used inappropriately, we cannot rule out the possibility and are notifying potentially affected individuals to help protect their identity,” said Rainbow Hospice’s Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Amy Frazier in a statement released May 27. “
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It was encrypted but they notified everyone and are offering free services? Unusual.