Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Upstate University Hospital has notified 283 patients by mail that a portable electronic device containing some personal medical information was stolen from the hospital on or about March 30 or 31.
Information on the device may have included patients’ names, date of birth, hospital medical record number, dates of care, diagnosis, test readings and physicians’ names.
The device did not include patients' social security number, insurance information, address, and/or other identifying information, which according to Darryl Geddes with Upstate University Hospital, can frequently be used for purposes of identity theft.
At this point, Geddes says there’s no indication that this information has been found, viewed, used or misused in any way.
Law enforcement authorities have been notified and efforts are in place to try and locate the device.
The hospital is asking patients to exercise caution and be alert to any suspicious activity that could result in an attempt to steal their identity.
The investigation is ongoing.