Medical facility affirms patient data has not been compromised

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 07:12 PM

Henderson police are working on recovery of a medical office’s laptop computer that was discovered missing last week, presumed stolen.

Damon Johncour, who founded N.C. Orthotics and Prosthetics, said there is no possibility of any personal patient information being on it.

Lt. Christopher Ball, in written responses to questions, indicated the laptop was reported stolen and had belonged to the medical office at 451 Ruin Creek Road.

A police report filed in the case placed the time of theft discovery at 5 p.m. last Wednesday. Johncour, who said he confirmed rightful ownership of the computer through purchase receipts from his office, reported it stolen on Friday morning.

It was a Hewlett Packard model, valued at $800, according to Ball.

Johncour said that originally a secretary had been furnished an older model laptop computer for specified administrative work not associated with patient information.

He said patient information is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which regulates privacy, security and breach notification rules.

“All of that is kept in a HIPPA-secured database,” Johncour said of patient information.

The older computer was returned when the secretary left, but company receipt and registry information led to the discovery of a purchase order for the newer HP DV6.

“I have never seen the computer,” Johncour said. “For all I know, she gave it to her daughter for college.”

Johncour said that once returned, the computer would be put to good use for ongoing administrative work at his office.

According to Ball, the investigation into the loss of the computer is ongoing.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.