Wichita medical clinic reports data breach

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A Wichita medical clinic says a computer containing patient information was stolen in December.

Family Medicine East, Chartered, 1709 S. Rock Road, sent a letter to patients on Friday. The clinic says someone broke into the office on Dec. 8 and stole the desktop computer and a printer.

The clinic says the computer contained a significant number of images of typed office notes dictated by Family Medicine East physicians during 2002 and 2003.

Some of the notes included patient names, dates of birth, appointments and the doctors or physicians assistants who saw the patients.

The clinic says most of the notes describe the patient’s condition at the time of the examination and the doctors' findings, diagnoses and orders.

The clinic says the notes and letters do not include patient addresses or social security numbers, but the information was not encrypted.

The clinic is encouraging to patients to take steps to eliminate or minimize the harm that could be caused by identity theft.

The clinic says the computer has not been recovered.

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