Stolen laptop leads to data breach

August 28th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

The affected information for first group included patient names, medical numbers, dates of birth, ages, patient account numbers, the name of any inpatient procedures done, and the admission and discharge dates of that inpatient procedure for the first group of individuals,. The first group of affected individuals includes those who received treatment at OU Outpatient Surgery Center or the Presbyterian Tower between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2014.

For the second group, potentially disclosed information included patient last name and first initial, ages, pregnancy-related information, lab results, medications, delivery dates, and problems and allergy lists. The affected individuals included patients for high risk delivery at OU Medical Center from September 24, 2014 until May 31, 2015.

Social Security numbers or addresses were not present in the laptop.  OU Physicians has no reason to suspect any of this information has been mishandled. Notification letters are sent to affected individuals, and organization is offering them a free one-year subscription to credit monitoring. OU Physicians employees are also being re-educated on proper practice for handling patient information.

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