UNR Warns Patients About Possible Health Info Compromise

KTVN reports:

Some University Health System patients are being notified by letter that their information may possibly have been viewed without consent.

Here is the information we received in the Channel 2 Newsroom directly from the University of Nevada:

Computer equipment from a University Health System office in Reno was stolen on June 11 and, as a result, it is possible that personal information pertaining to some patients may have been viewed without consent.

A letter is being sent to individuals whose personal information may have been viewed, and that letter will describe the information. Letters will begin arriving in mailboxes as early as Saturday.

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The patients for whom this has potential implications fall into two groups:

  • Some patients of University Health System in northern Nevada are being notified by letter that their information which may possibly have been viewed includes names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers and medical information. In an abundance of caution, the University is offering a year of credit monitoring service at no cost to these patients. A sample of the letter to these patients is attached.
  • Additional patients of University Health System in northern and southern Nevada are being notified by letter that their information which may possibly have been viewed includes names and patient account numbers. Because we believe only names and patient account numbers were involved, we do not believe these individuals’ personal information is at risk. Letters are being sent to notify these individuals and suggest steps they can take as a precaution.
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How is it an “abundance of caution” to offer free credit monitoring when so much sensitive information was stolen?

I’m not finding anything on their web site or on HHS’s site at the time of this posting.

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