Utah theft included 
health fair patients’
 personal information

Personal information about Western Slope health fair participants was involved in a February car theft and has not been recovered, according to a blood screening company that serves health fairs in Delta, Montrose and Gunnison.

A vehicle owned by Montana-based Western Health Screening was stolen in Salt Lake City on Feb. 7 while en route to another health fair, according to a statement from the company.

In the stolen van was a jump drive with password-protected personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers and some Social Security numbers of people who participated in health fairs at Delta County Memorial Hospital, Montrose Memorial Hospital and Gunnison County Health between 2008 and 2012.

The drive did not contain medical information or financial information, according to the company’s statement, and Western Health Screening officials have not seen evidence that the information was accessed or used in any way.

“Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution WHS is providing public notice of this incident, in addition to individualized notice to all participants, in order that participants may take steps to protect their information and credit generally,” the statement said.

The statement did not include information about how many participants information was stored on the drive.

Western Health Screening referred questions to an attorney, who did not return calls for comment.  The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the theft.

Western Health Screening began mailing letters to affected participants on April 14, according to the company’s statement. For more information, visit whs.cc/hipaa


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