Breach, Data Security

Thousands had data on computers stolen from California medical office


Three desktop computers were stolen from the California office of Bay Area Pain Medical Associates, resulting in roughly 2,780 patients being notified that their personal information was in a spreadsheet that could have been accessed.

How many victims? About 2,780. 

What type of personal information? Names and years of service.

What happened? A spreadsheet containing patient data could have been accessed after three desktop computers were stolen from the office of Bay Area Pain Medical Associates.

What was the response? All impacted patients are being notified.

Details: The theft occurred on May 19. All medical records were encrypted and inaccessible, with the exception of the spreadsheet.

Quote: “Please be assured that we have taken every step necessary to address the incident and have changed the security on that document,” according to a notification.

Source:, “Patient Notification Letter,” July 10, 2014.

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