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Stolen laptop had patient records from MCG Hospital clinic

Information was on laptop stolen Jan. 18

Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:21 PM
Last updated 11:18 PM
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The records of more than 500 patients at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics were on a laptop stolen during a burglary this year, the school announced Thursday.

“The risk is relatively low” for identity theft because the records did not contain financial information, addresses or Social Security numbers, Chief Integrity Officer Jim Rush said. All of the 513 patients were in the Adult Sickle Cell Clinic and all have been notified, he said.

The laptop was used by a nurse practitioner who travels to other clinics in Georgia and had permission to have patient records on that computer. The laptop was not encrypted, however, a move that the school is now making to secure all similar devices, Rush said. The burglary occurred Jan. 18, and an investigation began then but it took a while to determine what information was on the stolen device, he said.

“It is kind of a time-consuming process,” Rush said.

The health system does not think it will affect the patients financially, he said.

“The risk is relatively low, given the data that is there,” Rush said. “There is no risk for any sort of identity theft or financial information impact.”

Because the theft involves more than 500 people, however, the federal government had to be notified of the breach, he said. It is the sixth, and smallest, security breach in Georgia since the new law took effect in late 2009, Rush said.

LEARN MORE

Patients of the Adult Sickle Cell Clinic at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics who are concerned they might be affected but who have not been notified may call (800) 576-6623 or (706) 721-1626 or e-mail privacy@georgiahealth.edu.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/15/12 - 04:46 pm
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I know "stuff"

I know "stuff" happens.....but we will hear of this more/more with so much info. on dang puters...

robaroo
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robaroo 03/15/12 - 09:27 pm
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After you hear this for the

After you hear this for the 100th time, you have to wonder why all laptops don't come from the manufacturer with encrypted hard drives.

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KNECKBONE 03/15/12 - 10:30 pm
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DO NOT TRACK PLUS AND

DO NOT TRACK PLUS AND GHOSTERY i have that on computer just to see the places that track you.there's 8 thats tried to track me on this site-ghostery .do not track plus blocked 599.I HATE COMPUTERS .there are just a fad

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/16/12 - 06:19 am
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KneckBone said COMPUTERS

KneckBone said
COMPUTERS .there are just a fad

heehhahah....yeh right---I'll bet ya on that one!!

Holy Cow
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Holy Cow 03/16/12 - 09:03 am
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All Laptops at GHSU are

All Laptops at GHSU are supposed to HDD encryption, sooo.

Tom Corwin
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Tom Corwin 03/16/12 - 05:06 pm
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Holy Cow, Apparently that is

Holy Cow,

Apparently that is the policy but they had not gotten to that one yet.

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