Friday, February 12, 2010

Another Laptop Stolen and another...

AvMed: Data of 208,000 at risk after Gainesville theft
The theft of two company laptops from AvMed Health Plans' corporate offices in Gainesville may have compromised the personal information of more than 200,000 current and former subscribers, as well as their dependents, the company announced.
The personal information includes names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and protected health information.
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100208/ARTICLES/100209476/1002/NEWS01?Title=AvMed-Data-of-208-000-at-risk-after-local-theft

Greensburg medical facility laptops stolen
Two laptop computers containing patient information were stolen from two Greensburg medical complexes over the weekend, city police said Tuesday.

One theft occurred at Dr. Barry Bupp's dental practice in Medical Commons One on South Street, the other in Dr. Elie Abdallah's office in the Medical Arts Building on Shearer Street, police said.

The specific types of records on the laptops couldn't be determined yesterday. One police report listed the data as "patient information," while the other described it as "confidential patient information."
  http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_665328.html

MIAOULIS NOTE:  We all should know the dangers of unencrypted laptops.  But remember Smart Phones, Flash Drives, CDs, etc. all contain PHI.

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