Louisiana eye surgery center notifies patients after laptop containing PHI is stolen

Baton Rouge, La.-based Eye Care Surgery Center is notifying 2,553 patients their protected health information may have been compromised after a laptop was stolen from its facility in February.

The laptop may have stored patients' names, dates of birth and diagnosis information, but no Social Security numbers, financial transaction data or payment information were affected. However, officials do not believe any information has been misused.

The hospital is implementing extra safeguards to prevent a similar situation from happening again. This includes implementing an enhanced multi-camera security system inside and outside the building and encrypting both portable and desktop electronic devices.

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