About 729,000 patients’ data may have been compromised because two password-protected laptops with their data were stolen on October 12 from AHMC Healthcare Inc.’s administrative offices.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the breach affected patients under Medicare who received care at the six hospitals owned by AHMC Healthcare Inc. Affected AHMC patients were treated at Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
About 10 percent of Medicare patients had their Social Security numbers compromised, while the laptops also included patient names, Medicare/insurance identification numbers, diagnosis/procedure codes, and insurance/patient payments. The laptops had been guarded and gated by a security team with video surveillance, but the thieves broke into the office and stole the laptops.
AHMC Healthcare Inc. learned of the breach on October 14 and though it doesn’t believe that any information had been accessed inappropriately, it didn’t rule out the possibility of foul play with the data.