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San Jose, Ca. surgeon notifies 8,900 patients of laptop theft

By Nicole Freeman

- Dr. Stephen T. Imrie, an orthopedic surgeon based in San Jose, informed 8,900 of his patients of a missing laptop containing patient information, according to PHIPrivacy.net. The password-protected computer was stolen during a robbery of his home on September 23, and has not been recovered.

In a letter sent to affected patients, Dr. Imrie states that “the records contained the patient’s medical history (including medications and diagnosis), surgical information if I performed one, first and last name, telephone number, date of birth, and social security number [sic].” Patients whose data was breached were enrolled with AllClear ID, a free identity theft protection service, and were urged to notify their bank and credit card companies of the incident.

While Imrie notified the San Jose Police Department, his letter to patients does not mention his notification to any other authority, or whether or not the data was encrypted. No information misuse has been reported.

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