University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)

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March 22, 2013
Jackson , MS
United States
Mississippi US
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(updated as of 7/26/2016)

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A laptop used by UMMC clinicians was discovered missing on January 22.  The password-protected laptop contained information from patients who entered the hospital between 2008 and 2013.  Patient names, Social Security numbers, addresses, diagnoses, medications, treatments, dates of birth, and other personal information may have been exposed.

UPDATE (7/26/2046): "The Department of Health and Human Services hit the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) with a $2.75 million fine over a health data breach, its second major privacy action in a week.

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is penalizing UMMC for a series of alleged privacy and security violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA. The settlement relates to a password-protected laptop that went missing from the hospital’s intensive care unit in March 2013. After an investigation, the medical center determined the computer was likely stolen by a visitor who had asked to borrow it."

UPDATE (04/25/2013): The laptop may have been lost or stolen in November of 2012.