More than a thousand patients have received letters from officials at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital notifying them that their personal health information may have been compromised following the theft of a hospital laptop.
Hospital officials discovered that a password-protected laptop connected to an electroencephalogram machine was stolen from the facility Dec. 22. The device included the name, date of birth, gender, date of service, type of service and physician name for approximately 1,100 patients.
St. Vincent reported the incident to local law enforcement authorities, and a subsequent investigation suggested that the theft was not related to the discovery of personal health information. Officials believe patients are at low risk of identity theft, but are still offering a free credit report to those affected.
The hospital also is stepping up its physical security
measures and installing encryption protection software on certain devices.Follow Rachel Landen on Twitter: @MHrlanden