Officials at St. Francis Health System, Tulsa, Okla., are urging 84,000 patients to monitor their personal information and credit reports after a mainframe computer containing patient data was stolen from one of the system's outpatient facilities in a recent burglary.
Oklahoma's St. Francis reports breach
According to a statement from the three-hospital system, officials reported the break-in to police Jan. 14, and the case is still under investigation. The computer, which was last used in 2004, contains patient information such as names, Social Security numbers and diagnosis codes. Hospital officials said the computer's stored data was password-protected.
St. Francis notified patients of the burglary in a letter that also provided contact phone numbers for the health system and for credit agencies as well as tips to safeguard against identity theft.
In the letter, officials said those responsible for the theft may have been "primarily interested in the value of the computer components, not the data stored within."
Saint Francis has taken measures to beef up data security, including conducting a review of security processes and consulting with a third-party security company, according to the statement.
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