OU Medicine Suffers Data Breach

October 17th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

As per the reports, OU Medicine suffered data breach when a laptop potentially storing a spreadsheet containing limited patient information was stolen from a former OU physician. The spreadsheet  in the laptop contained limited information for approximately 9,300 pediatric patients.

Affected Health information includes patient name, diagnosis, treatment code, date of treatment, date of birth, description of urologic medical treatment or procedure, medical record number, and physician name. According to OU Medicine, no addresses, Social Security numbers

, or other billing information was included.

The hospital took precautionary steps by notifying the 9,300 potentially affected individuals via data breach notification letters even though it was not sure whether spreadsheet was present on the laptop. OU Medicine stated that it will provide one year of free credit monitoring to potentially affected individuals.

The physician who owned the stolen laptop had left the department prior to the laptop being stolen. The hospital also mentioned that it does not allow physicians to take medical documents with them after leaving the facility.

The University has policies that generally prohibit the removal of documents that contain patient information from its premises and that require employees to protect patient information on laptops at all times, including by storing it securely,OU Medicine said in its statement.

Facility also expressed regret for the situation.

The University of Oklahoma takes patient privacy seriously,OU said in its statement. The Department is taking additional steps to help prevent similar incidents from occurring and is providing additional training to employees on the importance of securing patient information.

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