Stolen Laptop Contained Patient Data, NP Privacy Partner Blog Reports

Linn Foster Freedman

Linn Foster Freedman

“Medical device company, DJO Global, recently notified some of its patients that an unencrypted laptop of an employee of one of its contractors was stolen from the employee’s car. The laptop was in the employee’s backpack in the back seat of his locked vehicle. He went into a coffee shop to grab a cup of coffee, and a thief smashed the window of his car and stole the backpack and laptop. The stolen patient data included patient names, phone numbers, diagnosis codes, surgery dates, health insurer and clinic and doctor names, as well as several Social Security numbers.

“This is another important warning to medical device manufacturers and contractors to implement encryption technology on any laptops that are used in the field.” — Linn Foster Freedman, Nixon Peabody’s NP Privacy Partner blog

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