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Notice of theft incident involving emergency department

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Prisma Health is notifying individuals of a theft that potentially resulted in unauthorized access to patient information. The incident occurred on June 30, 2019, when a paper notebook was stolen from a physician’s car. We were alerted of the theft on July 9, 2019. The notebook contained patient information typically used by a health care provider in the course of providing treatment or consultation, such as patient name, date of birth, medical record number, and limited clinical data. There were no social security numbers or financial information contained in the notebook. 

The information was limited to certain Emergency Department patients seen at the Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia. There is no evidence that any patient information contained in the notebook has been used inappropriately. The perpetrator was likely looking for money or other valuables in the vehicle. We have no reason to believe the perpetrator specifically targeted the physician to obtain health information.

Prisma Health values the safety and security of patient information and is continuing to take steps to enhance its security measures to help prevent something like this from happening in the future. Prisma Health attempted to notify by letter at the last known address every person who may have been affected by this incident. Although there were no social security numbers or financial information contained in the notebook, Prisma Health recommends affected persons remain vigilant and monitor account statements and report discrepancies to law enforcement.

Prisma Health is available to address any questions or concerns. If you were seen in the Emergency Department at the Prisma Health Richland Hospital between March 1, 2019, and June 30, 2019, and have concerns that your information may have been affected, please contact us at 888-477-6556, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

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