Fairview Health System Informs Patients Of Security Breach

Pioneer Press, September 28, 2011

Human error is being blamed in the theft of a laptop computer that contains the private information – including many Social Security numbers – of more than 16,000 patients at two hospital systems in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis-based Fairview health system sent letters on Tuesday to nearly 14,000 patients after confirming that a laptop lacking certain privacy protections was stolen from a locked car in July. The laptop also contained information from about 2,800 patients at the Robbinsdale-based North Memorial health system, which also sent letters to patients on Tuesday. The hospital systems say there is no evidence that any patient information from the computer has been accessed or misused. The theft occurred in a Minneapolis restaurant parking lot and police are investigating, according to Fairview officials. The laptop belonged to an employee of Accretive Health, a Chicago-based consulting firm that is working with both health systems. http://www.twincities.com/ci_18987055

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