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SCCA NOTIFIES PATIENTS- UNENCRYPTED UW PHYSICIAN LAPTOP STOLEN


SCCA notified all affected patients that on May 24th, 2013 an unencrypted laptop computer belonging to a University of Washington physician, practicing at SCCA, was stolen from a lab in the UW Health Sciences Building.

SCCA learned of the theft on June 3, 2013. Through a detailed review, we confirmed that the laptop computer may have contained personal information belonging to SCCA’s patients. The information potentially included name, date of birth, address, phone number, Social Security number, medical record number, and treatment information. To date, the authorities have been unable to locate the laptop computer. We have no reason to believe that the laptop was stolen for the information it contained or any knowledge that the patient information was actually accessed. Most thefts of this nature are for the physical asset of the laptop and not for personal information. 

We do not believe this incident will result in any harm; however, in the interest of patient security and transparency as well as our obligations to report these types of incidents to federal agencies, SCCA has contacted affected patients and contracted with an outside data security firm to assist those patients. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) takes its patients’ privacy seriously, and the confidentiality of the information we maintain for our patients is an important part of the fundamental trust that we share with our patients and their families. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or worry this may cause our patients or their families.

If you have questions, please contact the SCCA Corporate Integrity office at 206-288-1053 or 1-866-353-6098.

Letters were sent to affected patients July 23, 2013.


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