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 facility—an employee, patient, or visitor—was not known.

What was known was that 250 patients had personal information stored on the machine, including their names and Social Security numbers.

NorthShore’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.

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