Cornerstone alerts patients about stolen laptop
Cornerstone Health Care is alerting patients about a laptop that was stolen or is missing that contained files for 548 patients, but not any financial or Social Security information.
Cornerstone officials report that the laptop was missing as of Jan. 6 and was last seen at a Cornerstone facility on Dec. 31, 2013. The laptop contained information for patients treated at Cornerstone Neurology, according to a copy of a letter sent to affected patients.
Chief Compliance Officer Katie Henry said Cornerstone officials know the laptop is missing and are working from the theory that it was stolen as opposed to misplaced. Cornerstone alerted the High Point Police Department about the missing laptop, Henry told The High Point Enterprise on Tuesday.
“It was a laptop used exclusively for nerve conduction tests,” she said.
The laptop contained patients’ full names, dates of birth and a summary of medical information.
“The information did not include your Social Security number, address or billing information,” according to the letter. “We have no reason to believe that the laptop was taken for the information that it contains; however, we knew you would want to know about this incident and that we take it very seriously.”
Cornerstone installed new locks on all room at the facility that contained the laptop, the letter says.
High Point Police Department Capt. Mike Kirk confirmed that the police are investigating the missing laptop.
Having a laptop with medical information stolen is rare, Henry said.
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