Laptops Stolen from New York Podiatrist's Office Contained 6,475 Patients' Information

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Sims and Associates Podiatry has notified patients of a data breach that occurred when its office was burglarized and three laptops containing patients' personal and health information were stolen.

The podiatry office learned of the theft Jan. 12. The stolen laptops contained affected patients' names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, ages and internal chart numbers. Some of the records also contained health insurance information and Social Security numbers, according to the notification letter.

Those affected by the breach include patients who were prescribed orthotics from 2013 to 2014 and those who had X-rays taken at the office from 2004 to 2014, according to the notification letter.

The podiatry office reported the data breach affected 6,475 patients.

The data breach was also reported to police, who are currently investigating the theft of the laptops, according to the notification letter.

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