729,000 Patient Medical Records Compromised in Laptop Thefts

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October 23, 2013 — 1,190 views  
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Alhambra, Los Angeles saw the personal information of hundreds of thousands of citizens stolen. The suspect is 36 year old Christopher Lee Brown, a transient who was caught on camera while he stole two password protected laptops carrying this information. The private records of over 700,000 patients were on these two laptops, which is the major concern of this theft. The information included the phone numbers, emergency numbers, driving license details and home addresses of many of these patients.

Information Leakage Could Lead to Safety Issues

In fact, 10 percent of the people registered in these hospitals had even provided vital information such as their social security numbers to these institutions. Christopher Brown was recognized by the police because of his prior interactions with them due to small time thefts that he had been a part of. Once they recognized him they shortly caught him and have him for interrogation. It is said that Brown’s ex-girlfriend works at the institution that he broke into.

Hospitals Involved Make a Public Apology

This means that the information of how to get inside through the gates and the security may have been provided to him by her while they were involved with one another. They are currently not together, and the break up was due to domestic violence according to the charges that he faces. Due to the compromise of safety and security, the hospitals involved have issued a public apology. Also, the AHMC Healthcare Inc. plans to take assessments of the security of all hospitals in the area on a regular basis from now on.

Particular Hospitals and Changes in Security Measures

The six hospitals involved in this are namely Garfield Medical Center, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital and Anaheim Regional Medical Center. With the new assessments, the AHMC also plans to incorporate a regulation stating that all laptops or computer systems in hospitals must be encrypted so as to provide additional protection to the identities and personal details of the enlisted patients.

Most people are worried about the theft because of the breach of information and the effects that the leakage of such knowledge could have. Knowing addresses, social security numbers and home phone numbers makes it much easier for burglars to access entry into people’s homes. With the additional security, this will hopefully be avoided.

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