Medical College of Wisconsin reports breach after laptop stolen from physician's car

The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee is notifying approximately 400 patients that their protected health information may be compromised after a laptop and a document were stolen from a physician's car, according to a WDJT report.

The theft occurred Feb. 15.

The Medical College of Wisconsin indicates no Social Security numbers or addresses were breached, according to the report, though it does not indicate what type of patient information may have been affected.

According to a statement provided to WDJT, the Medical College of Wisconsin said it has policies in place prohibiting downloading patient information to portable media and transporting documents containing such information, both of which were violated.

"We want to assure our community that the Medical College of Wisconsin takes incidents such as this very seriously and individuals who violate our privacy policies are subject to disciplinary action," according to the statement.

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