TX: Hospital laptop stolen, putting patient info at risk

KTRK reports:

The theft of a laptop computer from a medical office has put hundreds of people at a greater risk of identity theft.

On Friday, the Methodist Hospital notified 689 people that someone stole a laptop from an office at the Smith Tower in the Texas Medical Center. Hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Acin told Eyewitness News a thief took the laptop on January 18. The computer was attached to a medical device that tests pulmonary function and contained private health information and Social Security numbers.


The hospital does not know if anyone accessed patients’ information from the computer.

Hat-tip, ITRC

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  1. Anonymous - January 26, 2010

    Stuff like this is another blow to a secure way of life. The dork that stole more than likely sold it for drugs and don’t care about those it hurt to get a fix.

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