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BHVH 480 Breech Legal Letters A

BHVH 480 Breech Legal Letters A

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A letter sent by Baylor Health Care System, in Dallas, Texas, to an unknown number of former patients to inform them about a breach of data.
A letter sent by Baylor Health Care System, in Dallas, Texas, to an unknown number of former patients to inform them about a breach of data.

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Mar 20, 2012
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621 N. Hall StreetDallas, exas 75226(214) 820-0600 www.BaylorHeartHospital.com
Name AdressCity/State/ZipMarch 9, 2012DearProtecting the privacy o personal inormation is a critical priority at Baylor Health Care System (“Baylor”). We are writingto inorm you o a matter involving some o your personal health inormation at Baylor Heart and Vascular Center, L.L.P.(“BHVC”), an aliate o Baylor Health Care System, in Dallas, exas.On January 26, 2012, we discovered that an Apple iPad was stolen rom the automobile o a BHVC employee. Te employeepromptly reported the thet to law enorcement authorities and to Baylor. Subsequently, Baylor initiated actions to determine what inormation may have been on the stolen device and which patients may have been aected by the thet. Baylor’s resultinginvestigation revealed that the iPad may have retained inormation viewed on the device, but inormation was not intentionally stored on the device.Te inormation potentially contained on the device included the names, dates o birth, procedures perormed and treatingphysician names on certain BHVC patients. Inormation on local health screening patients, including names, addresses and testresults, such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels, may also have been on the iPad. Te stolen device did not containany social security numbers or other nancial related inormation. While we have no evidence that your personal inormation has been accessed or misused as a result o this incident, we stillsuggest that you regularly review your medical bills (including your “Explanation o Benets” statements) to check or chargesyou do not recognize. Te attached Reerence Guide also provides details on other steps you may wish to consider, includingrecommendations by the U.S. Federal rade Commission on how to urther protect yoursel against identity thet, andinormation on how to place a raud alert on your credit le, although once again no nancial or credit inormation was on thedevice that was stolen.Please be assured that we are taking steps to re-evaluate the security o portable medical devices, such as iPads, to urther protectour patients’ inormation, including the implementation and enorcement o security measures, such as encryption, to protectany data on these devices. We hope this inormation is useul to you. I you have questions regarding this incident, please call 1-800-4BAYLOR toll-ree or additional inormation. Representatives are available Monday – Friday rom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CS. You may also visithttp://media.baylorhealth.com/medianotice or additional inormation.Te Baylor Health Care System takes inormation security and privacy very seriously and we believe it is important or you to beully inormed o this incident. We apologize or any inconvenience or concern this situation may cause.Sincerely,Nancy Vish, PresidentBaylor Heart and Vascular Center
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