DaVita HealthCare Partners Reports Data Breach Affecting Protected Information of 11,500 Patients
DaVita HealthCare Partners in California has reported that an unencrypted laptop containing the protected health information of 11,500 patients was stolen from an employee's vehicle. The laptop contained information such as patients' names, clinical diagnoses, insurance data and claims data. In addition, the laptop contained the Social Security numbers of 375 patients. Following the breach, DaVita spokesperson Skip Thurman said the provider has reviewed its encryption policies and implemented additional safeguards.
- "12K Patients' Data Compromised in Breach" (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 11/11).