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Sharp Outpatients' Info At Risk After Computer Theft

Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa, June 23, 2016.
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Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa, June 23, 2016.

The personal health information of more than 750 outpatients at Sharp Healthcare may have been compromised because of a computer theft, the San Diego-based medical care provider announced Friday.

In a statement, Sharp officials said a computer and external storage device were discovered missing on Feb. 6 from a locked cabinet in an access-controlled patient care area at the Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion in Kearny Mesa.

Subsequent investigations led officials to believe the devices were stolen, and police were notified, according to Sharp.

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"The devices were used to process and store patient-specific wellness screening information for outpatients undergoing blood pressure and/or cardiac health studies," the statement said. "Each study record may have included patient name, date of birth, age, current medications, family history and a summary of the studies performed."

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Sharp said letters have been sent to the affected patients, and the California Department of Public Health and theU.S. Health and Human Services Agency's Office for Civil Rights have been notified. Patients with any related questions can call 800-263-0217.

"Sharp apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may cause our patients, and we are conducting a review of our security practices and moving forward with additional safeguards to prevent this incident from occurring again," the statement said.