Archive for Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Stolen laptop holds patient data

January 30, 2007

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— A laptop computer containing personal information about patients at Salina Regional Health Center has been reported missing, putting up to 1,100 patients at risk for identity theft.

The hospital said the computer contained names, Social Security numbers and medical histories of the patients. The hospital is offering a $2,000 reward for the laptop's return.

The computer was stolen earlier this month from the office of Veridian Behavioral Health. Also taken were other office equipment and a small amount of prescription drugs.

Patients have received letters from the hospital, said Beth Vinson, the hospital's marketing supervisor. The patient information was stored on the machine was because the user travels to different offices to treat patients.

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