Speare Memorial Hospital, Plymouth, N.H., has notified nearly 6,000 patients that their personal information—including names, addresses and diagnosis codes—may have been compromised when a portable computer containing the data was stolen from a hospital employee's car April 3.
N.H. hospital discloses breach
According to a statement from the hospital, the patient information was password-protected but could still be accessed. Officials said they are ramping up security measures to prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.
"Upon learning of this incident the day after, we immediately undertook a process to identify the extent of information on the computer and have sent a letter of notification to the patients affected by this potential breach," the statement noted. "Additionally, we have engaged experts to assist us in identifying additional safeguards that would strengthen our current security measures, and a police report has been filed."
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