Stolen Laptop and Data Breach

February 12th, 2016 by admin Leave a reply »

Around 30,000 individuals were affected due to recent data breach in auditing company Seim Johnson. According to the reports, Nebraska-based Community Hospital might be one of the affected facilities. A stolen laptop may have contained patients’ personal information.

Community Hospital receives auditing services from Seim Johnson. A Seim Johnson employee laptop was stolen in Nashville, Tennessee. Laptop was not encrypted.

Affected information includes patient names, a personal identifier such as a patient account number, and medical record number or visit number. Social Security numbers may also have been on the laptop for a few cases. However, credit card information was not included.

“Any patients who were potentially impacted by this situation have received letters from Seim Johnson notifying them of the event,” Community Hospital Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer Rachel Berry told the news source. “”We are not aware of any activity that would make us believe the information has actually been accessed or viewed on the stolen laptop computer.”

According to the McCook Gazette Report –

Community Hospital is taking added precautions to verify an individual’s identity before disclosing additional personal, medical, or financial information.

Although Seim Johnson took steps to encrypt the information on the laptop computer, Seim Johnson cannot confirm the encryption software was functioning correctly. Out of an abundance of caution, identity protection services are being offered at no charge to the patients through AllClear ID.

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