Stolen hospital laptop contained patient info
Another news story on a stolen laptop — this one from NorthShore University HealthSystem:
The laptop was connected to equipment used by staff to treat patients. Just who took the laptop from the Evanston, IL-based facilityâ€”an employee, patient, or visitorâ€”was not known.
What was known was that 250 patients had personal information stored on the machine, including their names and Social Security numbers.
NorthShoreâ€™s chief privacy officer and director of HIM is Teresa Bunsen, RHIA. When she was notified of the theft, she considered it officially a breach that threatened patient privacy, and started an investigation and a breach notification letter sent to the 250 patients.