Laptop has been reported missing from Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC) in California which led to the data breach. The affected individuals include approximately 7,900 ophthalmology and dermatology patients. The organization’s chief compliance officer, Jan Remm, said that the hospital wasted no time in informing local law enforcement.
“We are taking significant measures to safeguard patient privacy and to restrict unauthorized access to computers and devices that potentially contain patient data,” Remm said in a statement. “The privacy of our patients is a fundamental priority in our organization and part of our commitment to quality healthcare.”
The laptop was unencrypted. Remm stated that there will be in depth investigation of the problem. Notification letters are being mailed to potentially impacted patients. Affected information includes names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and health plan policy numbers.
Remm believes that laptop was not stolen for the information it contained. According to the press release:
Remm said the hospital has significantly strengthened its inventory controls to prevent future loss of electronic devices, while cyber-security experts are currently encrypting all the organization’s computers and laptops to safeguard patient data.
Patients concerned about whether their information was stored on the laptop are encouraged to contact the RCRMC confidential assistance line staffed with professionals familiar with this incident.
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