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Unencrypted computer with patient information stolen from CT hospital

Hartford Courant, August 1, 2012

An laptop computer stolen from a business associated with Hartford Hospital and its sister home-health care group contains personal information of nearly 10,000 patients, the hospital said Monday. Officials from the hospital and VNA HealthCare learned on June 26 that the laptop had been stolen from the home of an employee of Greenplum, a subsidiary of a hospital vendor, EMC Corp., according to a press release from hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Stewart. The hospital has no evidence to suggest that any personal information has been misused as a result of the theft, Stewart said in the release. However, the information on the laptop was not encrypted, which she said is a violation of EMC company policy.