John Muir Health to notify 5,450 patients of data breach

John Muir Health, the Walnut Creek-based hospital system, said Monday it has begun notifying 5,450 patients by mail of a “potential breach of their personal and health information.”

The move came after the theft two months ago of two laptop computers at the John Muir Physician Network Perinatal office in Walnut Creek, officials said April 5.

“The laptops were password protected and contained data in a format that would not be readily accessible. While we have no evidence that the information has been accessed or used inappropriately, we cannot rule out that possibility, and, therefore, are notifying patients to help protect their identity,” said Hala Helm, Muir’s vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer.


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