Laptop Theft Affects Nearly 4k Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Patients

Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has alerted 3,900 patients that some of their personal health information may have been breached after a physician's personal laptop was stolen May 22, according to a Boston Globe report.

The type of personal health information breached was not disclosed. While the laptop has not been recovered, a suspect was arrested in the case, according the report. Beth Israel Deaconess hired a forensic firm to investigate the data breach, and they have found no indication that the personal health information has been misused.

According to the report, the hospital routinely protects information on company-issued computers, but in this case, the computer was the physician's personal property. Beth Israel Deaconess is implementing a mandatory encryption program for all devices used while at the hospital.

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