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Advocate patient data might be at risk

Updated: September 25, 2013 6:12AM



Advocate Medical Group officials and Park Ridge police are investigating a July burglary at an administrative building that may have put personal information for more than 4 million patients at risk, Advocate officials said Friday.

In a burglary on July 15, two unknown men stole four computers from an office building that contained identifying information including names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The incident happened at 200 block of West Touhy Avenue in Park Ridge around 12:30 a.m. -1:15 a.m.

The computers also had limited clinical information, such as health insurance data, Advocate officials said.

Advocate Medical Group’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin McCune said, “Nothing leads us to believe that the computers were taken for the information they contained or that any patient information has been used inappropriately.”

McCune also said that “while we are keenly focused on the investigation and security enhancements, everyone’s efforts right now are concentrated on our affected patients.”

A total of 4.03 million patients are being notified, Advocate officials said. The data went back to the 1990s.

The stolen computers have not yet been recovered, and no one is in custody for the burglary.

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Contributing: Ben Meyerson



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