Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Missing Baylor Laptop Exposes Patients to Identity Theft

In Texas, a recently reported laptop theft has resulted in the issuance
of a consumer warning notifying an additional 100,000 patients who
had limited information stored on the computer.

According to the Dallas Business Journal article:

"A laptop stolen from an employee's car in Royse City
has prompted Health Texas Provider Network, a subsidiary
of Baylor Health Care System, to notify 7,400 patients that
their personal information may be at risk. Social security
numbers and a limited amount of patient information was
stored on the laptop."

As an added preventative step, the decision was made
to also notify other patients with less sensitive personal
information stored on the same computer:

"Although law does not require it to do so, the network
said it is taking extra measures to notify an additional
100,000 patients who had limited information stored
on the computer, but not their social security numbers."

So, our tip for today is to let anyone you know of associated
with Baylor Health Care System to contact them immediately
for more more information on the offer of free credit monitoring

A toll free number & special website have been setup to support
information seekers:


Baylor Healthcare System

PS: Be a good friend, family member or co-worker. Help others to
be on guard against identity theft credit fraud by sharing these free,
safe tips to aid in the prevention of identity theft.