Spartanburg hospital, police keeping quiet on details of stolen laptop investigation

Stephen Largen provides an update on a breach mentioned previously on this blog:

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office are keeping many of the details of an ongoing investigation into a stolen laptop computer secret from the public.

The laptop was reported stolen from an SRHS employee’s vehicle in late March and compromised the personal and medical billing information of an undisclosed number of patients.

SRHS waited until May 27 to inform affected patients of the breach.

SRHS has refused to disclose how many patients had information on the stolen computer, and numerous callers to the Herald-Journal have expressed frustration with the lack of information released by the health care system.

Read more on GoUpstate.com,

I still do not see this incident on HHS’s breach tool, so either they have delayed reporting or the incident affected less than 500 people. I guess we’ll have to wait to see but since they already notified patients, I would think that they should have been able to notify HHS without compromising any investigation into the theft.

For additional links to media coverage on this breach, see the reference links in the entry in DataLossDB.org.

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