Hospice to pay $50K over stolen patient data
COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Hospice of Northern Idaho officials say they have agreed to pay $50,000 over a stolen laptop that contained patient information.
The hospice said Thursday there is no evidence that the patient information was accessed following the theft.
Hospice spokeswoman Amanda Miller tells the Coeur d'Alene Press that the laptop was stolen from a hospice employee's vehicle in 2010. The thief was arrested but the laptop was never recovered.
The hospice reported the theft to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, whose civil rights office opened an investigation that led to the settlement.
Hospice officials say they have increased security on equipment containing patient information.
Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com