On October 12, 2013, two password-protected laptop computers were stolen from an administration building of AHMC hospitals, a San Gabriel Valley-based hospital group. The computers contained files of patients treated at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital in South El Monte, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
According to AHMC, the computers contained data including patients’ names, Medicare/insurance identification numbers, diagnosis/procedure codes and insurance/patient payment records. Some of the files contained the Social Security numbers of Medicare patients.
In addition to state law notification requirements, AHMC must involve the U.S. Department of health and Human Services because this breach is medically-related and involves more than 500 individuals. Indeed, based on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, this breach ranks as the 11th largest medical data breach yet.