Mississippi Medical Center Laptop Missing, Thousands of Patients at Risk for Identity Theft

April 9, 2013

Social Security numbers, names, birthdates, addresses, and other personally identifiable information is at risk after a hospital laptop has gone missing. On January 22nd, a University of Mississippi Medical Center laptop with a database of patients was lost or stolen in a non-public area. The database was password-protected, but is still a risk for identity theft to occur. The information included on the laptop included that of patients between 2008 and 2013. While the hospital would prefer to contact patients individually regarding this data breach, it is not possible due to the lack of contact information. Instead, patients who have been seen at the medical center between 2008 and 2013 are encouraged to call the hotline at 1-855-241-2575 (selecting option 6 from the menu). Patients should also consider identity theft protection services to protect their accounts and monitor financial and medical records.