Palomar Health Reports Data Breach Affecting 5K Residents
A Palomar Health spokesperson announced that last month an encrypted company laptop and two unencrypted flash drives containing the personal data of about 5,000 patients were stolen from an employee's car. The compromised data included patients' names, birthdates, diagnoses, treatments, insurance and 36 Medicare identification numbers. The hospital is reaching out to the affected individuals, which includes certain patients treated by the inland North County health care system since 2008, according to the spokesperson.
- "Data Stolen From 5,000 Patients" (Figueroa, U-T San Diego, 3/28)