Premier Healthcare suffers data breach due to stolen laptop

Premier Healthcare, a multispecialty physician group based in Bloomington, Ind., is notifying more than 200,000 patients of a data breach stemming from a stolen laptop, according to a Herald Times Online report.

The laptop containing personal health information was stolen from the organization's Bloomington office. Compromised information includes Social Security numbers, patient names, addresses and possibly other private information.

"There is no evidence to believe that the information on the laptop was the target of the theft or that any of that information has been accessed or used for fraudulent purposes. Premier took immediate steps to investigate and attempt to recover the laptop. A police report was filed and patients are being notified. Unfortunately, to date neither Premier nor law enforcement has been able to locate the stolen laptop or identify the perpetrator," according to a Premier press release on the incident.

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