Possible data breach at Parkland Memorial Hospital

A laptop that was stolen from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas could have contained the personal information of employees.

How many victims? 9,300.

What type of personal information? Names, birthdates and Social Security numbers.

Details: The laptop was stolen on Feb. 3 and contained no patient information but hospital staff is unsure whether personal information of employees was contained on the computer.

What was the response? An investigation is being conducted by hospital district police, employees were notified of the theft by email and were advised to monitor their credit profiles and place fraud alerts on their accounts. They were offered one-year online credit monitoring for free.

Quote: "We regret this unfortunate event occurred and are working to mitigate any possible adverse impact on our employees," said Dr. Ron Anderson, Parkland's president and chief executive.

Source:, The Dallas Morning News, “Laptop theft at Parkland Memorial Hospital could imperil employee information,” Feb. 9, 2009.

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