Oregon Health & Science University in Portland is in the process of contacting about 4,000 patients after the theft of a surgeon's laptop containing some of their personal information.
The laptop was taken in late February during a burglary at a surgeon's vacation rental home in Hawaii. Though the desktop and documents folder did not contain sensitive data, daily surgery schedules containing information about patients who underwent surgery between late 2012 and Feb. 20, 2013, were located within the e-mail program.
E-mails included patient names, ages, gender and medical record numbers; types of surgery; surgery dates, times and locations; and name of the surgeon and anesthesiologist. A small number of these e-mails, affecting nine patients, also contained their Social Security numbers. OHSU has offered free identity theft monitoring to those patients.