One of the breaches newly revealed on HHS’s public breach list involves Greater Dallas Orthopaedics, PLLC in Texas, who reported that 5,840 patients had PHI on a desktop stolen on August 30.
Although I couldn’t find any statement about the breach on their web site at this time (I wish it wouldn’t take HHS so long to post breaches!), I was able to track down a cached copy of a media notice that appeared in: The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, 10/30/2013:
IF YOU HAVE BEEN A PATIENT OF ALLAADDIN MOLLABASHY, M.D.
If you have been a patient of Allaaddin Mollabashy, M.D., Nathan F. Gilbert, M.D. and/or Greater Dallas Orthopaedics, PLLC in Dallas, Texas, you are hereby notified that a privacy breach of personal health information may have occurred when two computers were stolen during a break-in on or about September 1, 2013. The files stored on the computers’ desktop contained dictated letters (auditory only) with names and medical information only; thus, there is no risk for identity theft. Also, these files were password protected; that is, any person authorized to use the computer had a sign-in name/password ID. However, if for any reason you become aware of harm to identity or reputation that may be related to this incident please contact our professional privacy team at 1-800-331-6844 Mon-Fri between 8:30am and 6:00pm or by email to [email protected].