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UCSF clinic's computers stolen with 9,000 patients' data

Theft was at Family Medicine Center on Sloat Blvd.

The University of California at San Francisco is notifying more than 9,000 people that their personal data has been compromised after desktop

computers were stolen from a clinic.

The computers were stolen on or around Jan. 11 from the UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore, at 1569 Sloat Blvd., according to university officials.

After an analysis to determine what information was on the computers, the university determined that they held personal and health information that might have included individual's names, dates of birth, mailing addresses, medical record numbers, health insurance ID numbers and driver's license numbers. In addition, 125 files included Social Security numbers, officials said.

The university has sent out notification letters to the 9,986 people whose information was on the computers, and alerted the state department of health, the state attorney general and federal authorities.

Information and assistance is being offered to those affected, and credit monitoring is being offered to those whose Social Security numbers

were involved, officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Ron
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2014 at 10:34 am

Wish you would do a better job at giving all the facts. The personal data that was on the PC's that were stolen were also on PC without ANY Data Encryption.(UCSF HAS ADMITTED THIS IMPORTANT FACT) I believe is a violation of the law for a health care provider. If UCSF was not so cheap and would have put on all there PC's Data Encryption software this would not be an issue. But there is probably a loophole UCSF is using in that law that does not require them to put Data Encryption software on desktop PC's although they still put patients confidential info on the same PC's so UCSF can save some money while patients pay high prices for services.
Also this particular office has been plauged for years with very poor service, bad personal, Major wait times, and a huge number of Doctors that are constantly leaving this one particulare office all the time. I personally had 3 primary care doctors leave UCSF at this office. Yes I was affected by this issue and my personal data was compromised. OVER 3 months after this happens does UCSF decides notify the victims with a silly form letter which was sent from a companyy who UCSF hired to handle all inquires and damage control So UCSF officials can hide behind them and not take any direct responsibility for this. The real criminals in this are not the people who stole the PC's from the office. Its UCSF who are criminals and should be locked up for being so so cheap that they wont buy inexpensive Data Encryption software for ALL PC's in this office and I suspect throughout the entire UCSF medical system and allowing personal patient data to be placed on these PC's.


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