Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative


Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
December 6, 2011
geo: 
Waltham , MA
United States
Records Breached: 

14,475 (222 Social Security numbers)

Breach Total Number: 
222
Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

A briefcase was stolen from an employee's car during lunch sometime during the spring of 2011.  The briefcase contained a company laptop that had not yet been encrypted and paper copies of appointment schedules. The laptop contained the information of patients and providers from 18 practices. A recent backup of the laptop files revealed that 5,338 subscriber numbers, 2,777 names with no other information, and 222 names with associated Social Security numbers, dates of birth, subscriber numbers, and phone numbers had been on the laptop. Seventy of the 222 who had their names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, subscriber numbers, and phone numbers exposed also had their addresses exposed.