N.Y. Hospital Laptop Containing 250,000 Patient Data Files Stolen

Published: August 1, 2006

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Vassar Brothers Medical Center officials recently announced that the personal information of more than 250,000 patients was stolen in June.

A laptop used to register ER patients was stolen at some point between June 23 and June 26. The information on the computer included patients’ names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, gender and dates of birth.

In a letter sent July 17 to Vassar patients, officials say the information was password protected. The letter also stated that there was no evidence the hard drive had been accessed inappropriately. The computer has yet to be located.

Those affected by the theft have been told to put a fraud alert on their credit.

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