A South Sound doctor who visits patients at local nursing homes said Monday his laptop computer with personal information of about 900 patients he’s seen for the past three years was stolen from his vehicle.
Dr. Ronald Schubert, whose practice is based in Federal Way, said he saw the patients between January 2011 and November 2013 in Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Information on the stolen computer includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and medical information.
“While I am are uncertain whether your personal information was actually obtained, I want to bring this situation to your attention,” the doctor said to patients in a release. “I take very seriously our role of safeguarding your personal information and using it in an appropriate manner. I personally apologize for this situation and am taking appropriate measures to prevent a reoccurrence.”
Schubert’s vehicle was broken into about 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at 32700 block of Pacific Highway South in Federal Way. Surveillance video shows two people in a Ford Explorer smashing the side window of Schubert’s vehicle and taking the computer, but it doesn’t show a license plate, he said.
Schubert reported the theft to police, but said he has gotten no updates.
The doctor said he also notified the entity that oversees federal health privacy laws.
New patient information now is stored in secure places, and is password-protected and encrypted, he added.
Schubert recommends that patients whose information might have been on the laptop place a fraud alert on their credit report by contacting one of the three major credit bureaus, and that they look at their credit report and continue to do so.
He said he is willing to cover the cost of credit monitoring for a year, for those patients who request so in writing to him at P.O. Box 23007 Federal Way, WA 98023.
Any patients who are concerned should mail him at that address, or email Farmermd@comcast.net.
Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268