Personal Information of 2.2M Utah Patients Stolen from Vehicle

SALT LAKE CITY – Patients at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics have become victims of stolen personal information.

Billing records for nearly 2.2 million patients containing names, Social Security numbers, insurance backgrounds and diagnostic codes were stolen from the vehicle of an employee from Perpetual Storage, a moving company hired by the hospital to move its records to an off-site vault.

The employee, who has since been fired, violated the company’s policy by transporting the metal box of back-up tapes in his car instead of using the company’s van. Perpetual Storage, as well as the University of Utah, are now adopting new policies and procedures.

Letters were sent to the victims informing them of the breach. Currently, there is no information on whether or not the information has been used for identity theft.

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