A Temple University physicians’ office alerted 3,780 patients about data breach caused due to laptop theft from its surgery department. The Temple University physicians’ office laptop included patient names, ages, billing codes, and, in some cases, the names of the referring physicians. Local authorities and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were notified by the Temple.
“To help monitor the potential misuse of the stolen information, Temple has offered identity-monitoring services within the United States to all affected patients for 12 months, at no cost to them,” the statement said. “We deeply regret this incident and the inconvenience this may have caused our patients.”
After the breach, Temple office said it will reinforce employee training, boost physical security and improve technical security measures on desktop computers. The laptop was not encrypted as per the Temple. They also said that hospital staff has been re-trained in computer security and steps have been taken to improve physical surveillance. The theft comes in the month involving 4.5 million medical records stolen from Community Health Services, by computer hackers allegedly from China.
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