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Records for 55,000 patients stolen from oncology group

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The Cancer Care Group in Indianapolis said a laptop computer bag containing private information on as many as 55,000 patients has been stolen.

The bag was stolen from a Cancer Care Group employee's locked vehicle on July 19, the physician group said Tuesday in a prepared statement.

The bag contained the “Cancer Care Group's computer server’s back-up media, which contained some patient demographic information, such as name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, medical record number, insurance information, and/or minimal clinical information used for billing purposes only,” the group said.

The Cancer Care Group, headquartered at 6100 W. 96th St., is one of the largest radiation oncology private physician practices in the country, with more than 20 oncologists.

The bag also contained similar information about the group’s employees.

The group said the bag has not been recovered, but there has been no evidence to suggest the information has been used. Patients and employees have been  notified of the theft.

The group said it was revamping its technology storage and security procedures to prevent similar incidents in the future.
 

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  • Where was their security procedures
    Any reasonable person should have known that taking that kind of information off site on a laptop shows incredible stupidity. Guess they didn't want to spent money on a security protocol. Is there a future class action lawsuit.
  • No Notification
    I'm a patient and have received nothing. We should have been notified immediately - or as soon after the event as possible.
  • Why such a long wait to notify patients?
    We just received our notifications in the mail "yesterday" for my mother and my husband. If this happened on July 19th - why did they wait over a month to notify the patients involved????
  • Computer Theft
    Let's see....*computer equipment taken off premies * left in car (probably in backseat for smash and grab) * patient info plus ssn/dob etc = identity theft * federal law fine per person for such loss * estimated total loss to practice/insurance company? PRICELESS. Never surprised at lack of understanding and supervision.

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