U of Utah eye center investigating stolen computer that may have breached 600 patients' data

The University of Utah Health John A. Moran Eye Center, based in Salt Lake City, is warning 607 patients their protected health information may be at risk after a computer and associated external storage device used to take and store retinal images was stolen from its facility.

The stolen equipment, which officials learned about April 3, contained information from patients' retinal imaging conducted by University of Utah Health specialists at University of Utah Hospital and Primary Children's Hospital between July 1, 2014 and March 30, 2018.

Patients' full or partial names, images of the retina and a medical reference number used to identify records within the hospital's secured EHR may have been compromised. However, no Social Security numbers or financial information was involved. Additionally, hospital officials don't have any reasons to believe the information has been misused.

The hospital mailed notices to affected patients June 1 and established a dedicated call center.

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