The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) has sent breach notification letters to 1,581 patients of its Brooklyn Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, after a laptop computer was discovered to have been stolen. The laptop computer was password protected, but data stored on its hard drive had not been encrypted. As a result, the Protected Health Information of some of its patients could potentially have been compromised. Data potentially exposed in the incident include patient names, medical record numbers, narrative physicians’ summaries and medical test results. No insurance information, Social Security numbers or other data typically used to commit identity theft were stored on the laptop.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: HIPAA Journal