"On April 22, 2015, we learned that a laptop issued to one of our employees had been stolen from the employee’s vehicle the night before. The theft was immediately reported to law enforcement, and we immediately began an internal investigation. On May 5, 2015, we determined that the employee’s laptop was password protected, but it was not encrypted."The letter goes on to explain that the laptop, which may have contained personally identifiable information, including name, address, date of birth, job title, and Social Security Number, has still not been located. As a precautionary measure, U.S. Healthworks will be offering a free year of Experian's ProtectMyID Alert identification protection services to all individuals who may have been affected by the breach.
"Heartland continues to monitor the situation carefully and has increased its internal security and review procedures to watch for any unusual activity," Heartland's notice goes on to explain.U.S. Healthworks, which is headquartered in Valencia, California and which has nearly 200 clinics located in 19 states, is the latest healthcare organization to report a data breach. It joins CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and three hospitals based in Bergen County, New Jersey, which all reported breaches at the end of last month.