Laptop with children's information stolen from LSU Health professor
NEW ORLEANS - LSU officials said Tuesday that a laptop with 5,000 children's personal health information on it was stolen this past July from a professor at the New Orleans School of Medicine.
LSU Health Science Center New Orleans said the laptop was taken from a car belonging to Dr. Christopher Roth, assistant professor of urology at the School of Medicine, sometime overnight July 16. The school said Dr. Roth reported the theft to them and law enforcement the next day, but the laptop has not been recovered.
The information on the laptop included names, dates of birth, specific health information such as treatment dates and diagnoses according to the university. They said no Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account information or other financial data was stored on the laptop. The 5,000 minor patients affected mostly lived in Louisiana and Mississippi.
LSU said they spent eight weeks working to reconstruct the information that was on the laptop, which had not been saved to the school's servers. They said school policies meant to protect such information were not followed in this case, and disciplinary action would be taken after a university investigation.
The university said they used the reconstructed information to find and contact patients whose information may have been exposed. Any patients of Dr. Roth from July 2009 to July 15, 2015 who were not notified should call 504-568-8672 or toll-free 1-844-578-2656, or email LSUHSCNO-PatientQuestions@lsuhsc.edu.
LSU Health said they will give free subscriptions to a credit monitoring service for any patients affected by the breach.