Computer Theft Affects Nearly 10k Hartford Hospital, VNA Healthcare Patients

A computer containing personal information for 2,097 Hartford (Conn.) Hospital patients and 7,461 patients of VNA Healthcare — a home healthcare partner of Hartford Hospital with offices throughout Connecticut — was recently stolen (pdf).

According to the release, the laptop was stolen from the home of an employee of Greenplum, a subsidiary of EMC Corp., one of Hartford Hospital's vendors. Greenplum has been performing data analysis for EMC on Hartford Hospital's behalf as part of a quality-improvement project related to hospital readmissions

The patient information includes names, addresses, dates of birth, marital status, Social Security numbers, Medicaid and Medicare numbers, medical record numbers and diagnosis and treatment information. The information was unencrypted, which is a violation of EMC company policy, according to the release.

Hartford Hospital has notified all affected patients, offering free credit monitoring; access to a call center; and information on understanding and identifying fraud, according to the release.

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