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Notice to Our Patients Regarding a Stolen Briefcase

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2020)Moffitt Cancer Center is notifying patients about a data breach investigation. A briefcase containing personal patient information was stolen from a physician’s car in July, launching a Moffitt investigation to determine the scope.

On July 4, 2020, Moffitt learned that one of its physicians suffered a vehicle break-in two days prior, on July 2. A briefcase containing two personal electronic storage drives and printouts of clinical schedules containing the health and demographic information of approximately 4,000 patients was stolen.

Moffitt immediately began an investigation and has no indication that the information was viewed or misused. However, the investigation has not ruled out the possibility that the information on the unencrypted storage drives or on the schedules may have been accessible to an unauthorized person. This information includes patient names, dates of birth, medical record numbers and/or limited information regarding the nature of services received at Moffitt. Social Security numbers and financial information were not included.

The information stolen involves certain patients who received care through the Blood and Marrow Transplant Department.

In an abundance of caution, Moffitt began mailing letters Sept. 2 to affected patients, encouraging them to review all statements from their health care providers and to verify all services. Patients who believe they are affected by this incident may call 1-888-253-7598 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, excluding major U.S. holidays.

Moffitt is committed to protecting the confidentiality and security of patient information. In response to the incident, Moffitt is providing additional education to all team members and refining its auto-encryption processes to better secure patient information.