A Lincoln doctor's office
is warning its patients about the possibility of identity theft after
losing a storage device with over 2,000 personal files on it.
Wedgewood Legacy Medical sent out a letter to patients and issued a news release following the breach as required by health privacy laws.
The doctor's office says the 2,125 records that are believed to have been stored on a thumb drive worn around Dr. James Fosnaugh neck were lost sometime in May.
The purpose of the thumb drive was to allow Dr. Fosnaugh to review cases; the doctor's office says it no longer stores patient records on portable devices.
According to the doctor's office, Social
Security numbers weren't included in the records, but names, birthdates,
addresses and phone numbers were.