UCLA Health is sending out letters to over 1,200 patients after a
faculty member’s laptop containing private medical data was stolen,
officials announced Tuesday. The computer contained names, medical record numbers and health
information used to prepare patient treatment plans, according to UCLA.
No Social Security numbers, health plan ID numbers, credit card or other financial data
were stored on the laptop, which was reported stolen July 3, a
university spokesperson said. School officials say they immediately initiated an analysis of a backup disk made available by the faculty member — whose name was not released
— to determine whether protected health or other restricted information
was stored on the laptop and, if so, who was affected. The review, which was completed Aug. 14, found “no evidence that any
individual’s personal or medical information stored on the following an investigation that began in October.laptop has
been accessed, disclosed or used,” according to a UCLA Health statement. It comes on the heels of a massive cyber attack on the UCLA Health systems potentially affecting 4.5 million people following an investigation that began in October.
There are two memory-related pieces in the LA Times today. One is a follow up on the lawsuit and controversy between USC and UC-San Diego over the recruitment of a UC-SD faculty member by USC who headed a project on Alzheimer's disease. Blog readers will recall that UC-SD was initially successful in court in retaining the project, but apparently has been losing contracts its program had to USC. The piece is essentially an update:
The other piece is (yet another) op ed on microaggressions, trigger warnings, etc. This one, however, is co-authored by Northwestern U president Morton Schapiro. The theme of the op ed is maybe such things have their place. See http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0830-glassner-schapiro-square-generation-20150830-story.html What is remarkable is president Schapiro's apparent memory loss when it comes to events on his own campus, notably the infamous case of Prof. Laura Kipnis. Kipnis wrote an op ed which led some students to demand she be investigated by campus authorities because her views offended them. The investigation that followed turned into an Orwellian review which came to an abrupt halt when Kipnis exposed what was going on. Once exposed, Northwestern quickly retreated and shut down the investigation. Had Dr. Schapiro consulted this blog, he might have been reminded of these events: