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[ISN] Patient Monitoring Firm Reports Theft of Laptop Containing EHRs
November 27, 2012
Alere Home Monitoring, a provider of patient monitoring and management
services, recently notified about 116,000 individuals about a data
breach involving their personal health information, Modern Healthcare
About the Breach
Alere did not specify when the theft occurred but said a company-owned
laptop was stolen from the locked car of an Alere employee.
The laptop contained patients' electronic health records, which include
data such as:
Dates of birth;
Social Security numbers; and
Alere did not indicate whether the information was encrypted or if the
laptop was password-protected (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 11/21). However,
the company said it has no reason to believe that patient information
has been accessed or used inappropriately (Alere release, 11/20).
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