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Ohio psychologist alerts patients of data breach

By Patrick Ouellette

- A Lima, Ohio clinical psychologist, Carol L. Patrick, is in the process of notifying clients that their office was robbed on August 8 and, as a result of the theft, their identities may have been compromised. reports that the thieves may have intended on stealing patients’ personal data when they stole the office’s entire computer supply. The office told LimaOhio that patient names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers were encrypted on the computers but items such as letters, reports, evaluations and session notes, were not encrypted and may have been exposed to the thieves.

Without knowing how many patients were affected, it’s hard to tell what type of notification the office was supposed to send out. Even though it may lack the size and resources of a hospital, it will be interesting to see if the office offers identity monitoring to affected patients.


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