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May 1st, 2008

Staten Island University Hospital Patients Personal Records Stolen In December

Computer equipment stolen from an administrative office in Rosebank in December contained personal information about 88,000 patients who have been treated at Staten Island University Hospital.

After four months with no arrests, hospital administrators are just now beginning the process of sending letters to patients whose names, Social Security and health insurance numbers were contained in computer files on a desktop computer and a backup hard drive which were stolen in 29th of December from one of the hospital’s finance offices at 1 Edgewater Plaza.

The hospital is in the process of issuing a letter of information to each patient involved and one year of free credit monitoring is being offered. According to hospital administration, there is no reason to believe that patient information from the stolen computer has been misused.

Police described the suspect caught on a surveillance camera as a black man between 30 and 40 years old. The man is seen walking out carrying the computer equipment in a cardboard box. Police are asking for the public help in catching a thief who made off with computer equipment from a Staten Island administrative building occupied by Staten Island University Hospital.

Anyone with information about the theft should call NYPD’s Crimestopper Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The hospital offers apologies to the patients who are affected by the theft. As usual, the questions why was`t the data encrypted and how come it took entire four months to notify the patients remain unanswered.

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