Breach, Data Security

HealthSouth Round Rock laptop stolen, 1,900 affected

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Round Rock (Texas) is notifying individuals that some medical and personal information may have been lost when an employee's laptop was stolen.

How many victims? 1,359

What type of information? The information may vary from person to person, but it is believed that names, addresses, date of birth, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, insurance numbers, diagnosis, referral ID numbers or medical record numbers may have been compromised.

What happened? On or around Oct. 21, 2015, a hospital employee had an unencrypted laptop stolen from his or her car that contained the unsecured protected health information.

What was the response? Local law enforcement was notified. The hospital has begun notifying the individuals affected, who are being encouraged to visit a government website that provides information on how to recover from an identity theft incident.

Details? The unencrypted laptop was removed from the trunk of an employee's car. The HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Round Rock was in the process of encrypting all its worker's laptops, but this unit had not yet undergone the process. The laptop was password protected.

Quote? "At this time, HealthSouth Round Rock has no evidence the information on the laptop has been accessed or used for purposes of identity theft or otherwise. The hospital's information systems are not accessible from the stolen laptop.”

Source: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Round Rock

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