Yale School of Medicine Statement on Laptop Computer Theft
Yale School of Medicine today announced that it has begun notifying approximately 1,000 individuals whose clinical health information was contained on a laptop computer that was recently stolen. There is no indication that any individual information on the computer has been misused.
Yale and New Haven Police Departments have been working closely together and will continue to pursue any leads. The computer was stolen on the night of July 28 and was reported as missing the next morning. No Social Security, financial or insurance numbers were contained in the computer’s files. The computer was owned by Yale and stolen from the office of a data analyst at the Yale School of Medicine. While access to the stolen laptop was protected by a password, the laptop was not encrypted.
Robert Alpern, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine said, “We deeply regret this incident. The School of Medicine considers the privacy of its patients of paramount importance. In addition to affirming all of our existing measures to protect patient privacy, we are moving to introduce immediately several security upgrades.”
All of the affected individuals are being sent personal letters or will be contacted directly. Those individuals may call a Yale information hotline at 877-751-3361. Yale has also notified and is working closely with the appropriate governmental and health agencies.