Stolen computer at Penn Medicine compromises 1k patient records

Written by Julie Spitzer | January 03, 2018 | Print  |

Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine mailed letters to roughly 1,000 patients, alerting them to a potential compromise of their personal information after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from the hospital, a spokesperson told Becker's Hospital Review.

The laptop contained a file with patient names, dates of birth, medical records and patient account numbers, and some demographic and medical information. The file did not include patients' social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account information, addresses or telephone numbers. 

Penn Medicine is working with the police, its computer manufacturer and relevant internet service providers to determine the scope of the incident. To date, there is no evidence the laptop had been turned on or accessed. The spokesperson noted the laptop was protected by a strong password.

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