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HIPAA breach affects 13,000 patients

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Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is notifying patients by mail that a password-protected, non-functional laptop computer that could potentially contain limited medical information on pediatric patients was stolen from a secured, badge-access controlled area of the hospital sometime in May, according to a statement on the hospital’s website

This incident was reported to Packard Children’s on May 8. Immediately following discovery of the theft, Packard Children’s launched an investigation with security and law enforcement. To date, there is no evidence that any pediatric patient data has been accessed by an unauthorized person or otherwise compromised.

Information that could have been on the laptop included patient names, ages, medical record numbers, telephone numbers, scheduled surgical procedures, and name of physicians involved in the procedures over a three-year period beginning in 2009.

The hospital is reaching out to approximately 12,900 patients whose information may have been compromised.

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