Hospital Notifies Patients After Laptop Stolen

St. Vincent: Personal Info Of 1,200 Patients Compromised

St. Vincent Hospital has notified 1,200 patients their personal information was on a laptop stolen from an employee's home.

The computer, containing Social Security numbers and personal health information, was taken during a burglary at a worker's home on July 25, hospital officials said in a news release Friday night.

The stolen laptop has not been found, but there is no indication the theft was related to the patients' personal information, St. Vincent officials said.

"We are committed to protecting the confidentiality and privacy of our patients and will continue to implement administrative, technical and physical safeguards against unauthorized disclosures of protected health information," said Rex McKinney, St. Vincent privacy officer.

The hospital is taking precautionary steps to avoid future incidents and is in the process of obtaining additional protection software for laptops, McKinney said.

Patients who received letters and have questions are asked to call CSIdentity at 800-805-7004, Monday through Friday.