EMC, hospital to pay $90000 over stolen laptop with medical data – Computerworld

EMC and Hartford Hospital have agreed to pay $90,000 to Connecticut for the loss in 2012 of an unencrypted laptop containing patient information of 8,883 residents of the state, according to the state’s attorney general.

The laptop was stolen from the home of an employee of EMC and was never later recovered, according to an “Assurance of Voluntary Compliance” signed by EMC and the hospital with Attorney General George Jepsen.

EMC had been hired as a contractor to the hospital to help with a quality improvement project relating to analyzing patient data. The employee had been employed by a company that was acquired by EMC and received the laptop that was later stolen.

EMC reported the theft to local law enforcement as well as to the hospital and although the laptop was not found, the hospital has held that there hasn’t been any evidence of misuse of the information, the agreement states.

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