May 282010

Peggy O’Farrell reports:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is beefing up its computer security after a laptop computer containing more than 61,000 patient records was stolen.

The laptop was stolen from a hospital employee’s personal vehicle while it was parked outside the employee’s home in late March. Cincinnati police were notified of the theft.

The missing records were password-word protected, but not encrypted.

An investigation found that the records on the computer contained some personal information about patients, including names, medical records numbers and services provided, said hospital spokesman Jim Feuer.

Feuer stressed, though, that the records did not contain Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or telephone numbers.


The hospital issued a statement today, linked from its homepage.

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