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Concentra patient data stolen

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During a recent burglary at Concentra Medical Center in Springfield, 1308 N. Glenstone Ave., a laptop with unencrypted patient data was stolen.

The contents of the computer include Social Security numbers and pre-employment work fitness test results for roughly 900 Concentra patients from the Springfield area, according to a Dec. 22 news release from the company.

Matt Longman, director of media relations, said that as of this morning, there has been no indication that the information on the stolen laptop has been used for illegal means.

Longman said the company is in the process of tightening its security measures in an effort to prevent future security breaches. Concentra is performing a comprehensive review of its technical security procedures and conducting an inventory and review of all equipment in the company's Springfield center that contains patient information to make sure the data is encrypted.

The company also is notifying those that may have been affected by the theft and is providing the patients free access to a credit-monitoring service that could protect against potential misuse of the stolen information, the release said.

Longman noted that the laptop in question, the only thing identified as stolen during the early December robbery, was scheduled for an encryption update, but those services hadn't yet been performed.

Concentra Inc., a subsidiary of publicly traded health care benefits provider Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), provides occupational medicine, urgent care, physical therapy and wellness services for patients at more than 310 medical centers in 40 states.

As of 9:13 a.m., Humana Inc. shares were trading at $89.06, compared to its 52-week range of $54.35 to $90.76.[[In-content Ad]]


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