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Cedars-Sinai Health System Announces Patients of Potential Data Loss

2014-08-26 07:20
Personal information of patients of Cedars-Sinai Health System may have fallen in the hands of unauthorized individuals after a laptop was stolen from the home of one of its employees, on June 23.

The computer was used for troubleshooting software used for clinical laboratory reporting, and it may have contained information about patients.

The organization points out that access to the data on the device was protected with a password, but the security protocol was broken because the storage was not encrypted.

As soon as the incident became known, the employee announced Cedars-Sinai and the local police of the theft. An investigation was initiated by the medical center, which hired a team of computer forensics experts to determine what files were present on the stolen device.

Starting this week, all the individuals affected by the incident will be notified by Cedars-Sinai. The details that could have been exposed are a combination of medical record number, patient identification number, lab testing information, treatment details and diagnostic data.

It appears that some of the records contained the patient’s social security number, as well as other personal information.

“Cedars-Sinai takes the security of our patients’ health information very seriously, and has multiple security safeguards in place to protect health information,” said David Blake, Cedars-Sinai’s chief privacy officer.

“Even a potential data security incident on a single computer, as has occurred here, is not acceptable to us. We apologize to the people affected by this incident, and have taken actions to prevent any re-occurrence,” he added in an official communication

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