Surgery patients' information compromised after surgeon's laptop stolen

10:58 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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By Anne Allred

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - A security breach at Washington University School of Medicine compromised the information of 1,100 general surgery patients. The procedures were performed at Barnes Jewish Hospital and the doctor is not being named by the university.

The general surgeon was at a medical conference in Argentina on November 28, 2012 when his laptop was stolen from a lecture facility. It took the university the last six weeks to figure out whose information was on the laptop.

Of the 1,100 patients, 39 had their Social Security numbers on the device.  The remaining patients had birthdates and medical history compromised.  The university said the laptop was not encrypted but they are working to encrypt all devices in the future.

Washington University is providing the patients with free identity protection and credit monitoring services for one year. Letters notifying patients were sent out Friday. If you have any questions call 1-888-414-8020.



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