Premier's fears averted: Stolen laptop that risked a 206k-patient data breach returned without incident

A stolen laptop containing the data of 206,000 patients that could have spelled breach for Bloomington, Ind.-based Premier Healthcare has been returned without ever having been turned on, according to a Herald Times Online report.

Premier first reported the laptop stolen March 7, but an analysis by a third party information security form found that the laptop had not been powered on since Dec. 31, 2015, when the organization initially realized it was missing. The findings suggest none of the data it contained was ever breached.

Though the computer has been returned, Premier is continuing to investigate the theft and has reported the development to the Bloomington Police Department, according to a statement. 

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