Premier Healthcare reports possible data breach that could affect over 200,000 patients
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (March 8, 2016) – Premier Healthcare, a Bloomington based physician-led multispecialty provider healthcare group, is reporting a possible data breach that could affect over 200,000 people after a laptop containing patient information was stolen.
Premier Healthcare employees discovered that the laptop was stolen from the Billing Department in its locked and alarmed administrative office on January 4.
The laptop was password-protected, but was not encrypted. Emails stored on the hard drive on that laptop contained some screenshots, spreadsheets, and pdf documents that were used to address billing issues with patients, insurance companies, and other healthcare providers.
According to Premiere Healthcare, these documents contained various combinations of patient demographic information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number, financial information, medical record number, insurance information, and/or some clinical information.
Together, the information of approximately 205,748 individuals could potentially be accessed on the stolen laptop.
According to Premiere Healthcare, there is no evidence to believe that the information on the laptop was the target of the theft or that any of that information has been accessed or used for fraudulent purposes.
If you have any information about the possible data breach, you can call 1-877-509-8356 or you can send an email to HIPAA@premierhealthcare.org.