By Dustin Slaughter
A laptop containing the personal data of over 3,700 Temple University Hospital patients was reportedly stolen from a physician’s office during a burglary in July, according to authorities. While the files did not contain Social Security numbers, the laptop did contain names, ages, and billing codes.
The theft comes on the heels of another involving 4.5 million medical records stolen from Community Health Services, by computer hackers allegedly from China. The hacked data included names, phone and social security numbers, and more.
The laptop was not encrypted. Temple said that hospital staff have since been re-trained in computer security and steps have been taken to improve physical surveillance.