Orthopedic surgeon's laptop stolen in home burglary; 8,900 patients notified of data theft

San Jose-based orthopedic surgeon Stephen T. Imrie, M.D. is notifying 8,900 patients that a password-protected laptop stolen from his home on September 23 held their protected health information.

Although the burglary was immediately reported to the police, the laptop has not been recovered.  Patient information on the laptop included the patients’ names, dates of birth, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, medical history (medications and diagnoses), and surgical information (if surgery was performed).  So far, there have been no reports of any misuse of the information.

Patients were offered free credit monitoring services through AllClearID.

You can read the patient notification letter here (pdf).

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