The theft of electronic equipment from a vendor employee's car has prompted the University of Michigan Health System to alert about 4,000 patients that some of their demographic and health information may have been exposed.
The information should have been stored on an encrypted device but wasn't, system officials said in an e-mailed news release. That marked a violation of the system's agreement with Omnicell, a Mountain View, Calif.-based healthcare information technology services provider. The stolen equipment contained information from patients seen between Oct. 24 and Nov. 13 at two UMHS hospitals as well as information from patients at two other hospitals unnamed in the UMHS release. An Omnicell representative was unavailable for comment at deadline, and no additional information on the incident was available from Omnicell's website.