Johns Hopkins officials have hired an independent forensic scientist to investigate whether patient information on a stolen desktop computer was accessed.
The computer, which contained patient information in a tumor registry database, was stolen from the east Baltimore campus of Johns Hopkins Hospital July 15. Hopkins officials sent out letters to impacted patients last week.
The computer was returned to Hopkins security officials Sept. 2 by Michael Mastracci, an attorney, who had received the computer from an unnamed individual. That was the day after the Baltimore Sun first reported the theft.
"We are very confident the information wasn't compromised," said Gary Stephenson, a spokesman for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. "The computer was stolen for its equipment value and we believe it wasn't even turned on."
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