A City of San Antonio laptop containing immunizations data was reported stolen on May 30, 2014. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) has notified the families of patients potentially affected by this breach.
Less than 300 individuals’ immunization records were stored on the computer used for quality assurance assessments of providers in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. The information stored on the laptop was limited to the following:
· Provider’s assigned unique identifier
· First and Last Name of Patient
· Date of Birth
· Name of immunization(s) administered
· Status of Patient (active or inactive with the provider)
There is no indication that the theft specifically targeted the data stored on the device. The theft was immediately reported to the San Antonio Police Department and is currently being investigated. To date, the stolen laptop has not been recovered.
Metro Health takes the privacy of individual health information seriously and is reviewing all practices and policies associated with the handling and transport of protected health information. While the likelihood of harm from this breach is minimal, those affected by this theft are being individually notified and advised to monitor their health insurance statements closely for any unusual activity.
Questions regarding this incident should be referred to Carol Schliesinger, Public Relations Manager for Metro Health, at 210-207-8172. Anyone with information on this theft is urged to contact SAPD at 207-7626.