New Jersey’s Barnabas Health recently informed about an unencrypted laptop was stolen on September 24, 2013 from the Barnabas Health Medical Group’s Pediatric Specialty Center which is located in Livingston, N.J. Although the theft was discovered on the same day and police were notified for it but the laptop has not been recovered. Letters were sent to the affected customers.
The stolen laptop contained information which was attached to pulmonary function testing (PFT) equipment information on its hard drive. There is a possibility of data theft of patients’ names, birthdates, testing dates, testing results, physicians’ names, and other demographic information. More information like addresses, financial information or insurance or other identification numbers was not available on it. Company has informed customers to report any unauthorized activity related to data breach.
Despite the laptop theft, any violation of personal information has not been reported to the company. Company stated availability of printout of PFT forms of the patients ensuring continuity of care and accessibility by the treating physician.
“Patients with questions relating to this incident should call 800-583-1191 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Barnabas Health Medical Group sincerely regrets this unfortunate incident and considers the security of patient information to be of utmost importance.” Barnabas Health mentioned in the notification to the customers.
Many measures have been added up like review of applicable safeguards and use against unencrypted laptops to avoid such incidents. Retraining of various patient privacy and security obligations and policies took place for employees of the centre.
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