Greensboro, N.C. hospital laptop stolen

An laptop containing the personal information of patents of Moses Cone Hospital in Greenboro, N.C. was recently stolen from a supply chain management vendor that the hospital works with.

How many victims? 14,380.

What type of personal information? Social Security numbers.

What happened? The laptop was issued an employee of VHA, a supply chain management vendor for the hospital. In March, the laptop was stolen from the employee’s car. It was not encrypted but was password protected.

Details: The breach affected cardiology and orthopedic patients treated at Moses Cone Health System's Hospitals between February 2004 and February 2009.

What was the response? Affected individuals have been offered free credit monitoring.

Quote: "Moses Cone Health System and its vendor, VHA, deeply regret this incident and both are making changes to make sure it does not happen again," said Lynn Mathews, Moses Cone compliance and privacy officer.

Source:, WXIII12 Piedmont Triad, “Stolen Hospital Laptop Contained Patient Information,” April 13, 2009.

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