St. Mary's Janesville Hospital Informs Patients of Possible Data Breach

St. Mary's Janesville (Wis.) Hospital has begun alerting 629 patients who visited the hospital's emergency department between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26 of a possible data breach.

In a statement, hospital officials said an unencrypted laptop containing the patients' health information was stolen from an employee's car. While officials do not believe the information has been accessed or misused, affected patients are being offered one year of identity monitoring services.

"We take our responsibility to protect patient information very seriously. St. Mary's Janesville Hospital is undertaking comprehensive reviews of this breach of policy and is instituting an information and re-education initiative to ensure that all employees and providers protect patient information at all times," said officials in the statement.

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