Indiana University School of Medicine notifies patients of stolen laptop containing personal and medical information

Indiana University School of Medicine, September 9, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — On September 2, the Indiana University School of Medicine began sending letters to 3,192 individuals that the theft of a password-protected, computer laptop may have compromised their confidential patient information. The laptop, belonging to a physician in the school’s Department of Surgery, contained information, such as name, age, sex, diagnosis, medical record number, and in 178 instances, the individual’s Social Security number. The information was being used for research purposes.Although the laptop computer was password protected, there is a possibility that the information could be accessed by a computer specialist with enough time and resources. The disappearance of the laptop, apparently stolen from the physician’s vehicle on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, was immediately reported to law enforcement.

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