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**NOTICE: BREACH OF PATIENT HEALTH AND PERSONAL INFORMATION**
From: Erica Absetz <erica () riskbasedsecurity com>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:58:04 -0400

http://www.umc.edu/Administration/Patient_Notice.aspx

This notice is to inform University of Mississippi Medical Center
patients of a recent breach of patient health and personal
information.

Federal and state laws require health-care institutions to notify
patients potentially affected by such incidents. In this case, due to
insufficient contact information for those who may be affected,
individual notifications are not possible.

On Jan. 22, UMMC officials were notified that a password-protected
laptop was missing. The laptop was a shared device, used by UMMC
clinicians working in a non-public, patient-care area.

The laptop may have contained health and personal information of adult
patients seen at UMMC between 2008 and January 2013. The information
potentially included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security
Numbers, diagnoses, medications, treatments and other clinical
information.

On learning the laptop was missing, UMMC officials took action to
secure the information. Despite efforts to locate the laptop, it has
not yet been recovered.

UMMC administrators believe it is unlikely the information on this
computer has actually been viewed, accessed, used or disclosed.

UMMC has received no notifications from current or former patients
regarding any unauthorized use of protected health or personal
information pertaining to this breach.

If you are or were a UMMC patient between 2008 and January 2013, and
you believe you may be affected, or if you have general questions
about this occurrence, you can contact UMMC by one or more of the
methods below.

UMMC Office of Integrity and Compliance representatives will do all
they can to assist you in working through this process.

Call: 1-855-241-2575, select option 6
Email to: HIPAAPRIVACY () umc edu ; or
Write to: University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N State
Street,  Attn: Office of Integrity and Compliance, Jackson, MS 39216
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