LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In a letter to patients from Indiana University Health Arnett it was announced that an employee's laptop computer was stolen from the employee's car. The theft occurred on April 9.
Hospital officials said the laptop was password-protected but not encrypted. It was stolen in White County.
Officials said the White County Sheriff's Office was immediately contacted and IU Health Arnett began an internal investigation to determine what information may have been on the computer.
That investigation determined that the laptop contained patient information. Emails stored on the laptop's hard drive may have contained patient names, dates of birth, physicians' names, medical record numbers, diagnoses and dates of service.
The news made one patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, nervous.
"When you think about the scenario, if someone has my birth date and my name you can call, make an appointment at any IU Health facility, and check-in," The patient said. "The hospital will hand you a sheet of paper that will have my name, my address, my meds, and my past surgeries."
The hospital said the laptop did not contain Social Security numbers, financial information or patients' medical records.
However, the patient believes some could still be compromised.
"If you have my medical record number you can access my medical record file," The patient said. "If you are a Medicare patient your number on your card is your social security number."
White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said the stolen laptop has not been found.
If you have any information about the theft Shafer said to contact the White County Sheriff's Office at 574-583-2251 or the We-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.
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