Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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SSM Health has notified 836 patients that their personal information may have been compromised after a medical device was stolen from DePaul Hospital. 
The device looks like a laptop and that's likely why it was stolen -- not because it contained patient information, SSM Health, owner of DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, said in a statement.
Limited patient information was loaded on the device, which included patient names, birthdates, medical record numbers and a brief chief medical complaint.
The device did not contain Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers or financial information.
The medical device was used only on patients of Dr. Syed Khader who participated in a study from 2002 to 2017. Khader is part of SSM's orthopedic group. He specializes in non-operative pain management of the back, spine and neck.
The device is a part of an electromyography, which measures the health of muscles and can also detect problems with the nerves.
The laptop-like device was stolen sometime between the night of April 12 and the morning of April 13. Police were notified, SSM said in a statement.
"Because protected patient information was on the device, it is considered a privacy breach under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Letters were sent to the 836 patients identified who were impacted, and a notification was posted on the SSM Health Medical Group website home page," according to the statement.
SSM said any patients of Khader who did not receive a letter or those who have more questions should call: 1-855-989-3662.

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