6 Hospital Computers Stolen

Computers were used at COVID vaccination sites

Laptop computers used at COVID-19 vaccination sites in Johnston County were stolen. Johnston County Report has learned that 10 laptop computers belonging to Johnston UNC Health in Smithfield were used at vaccination clinics last month. Between May 6 and May 8, six of the 10 computers were reportedly stolen. They were valued at $1,100 each.

Smithfield Police said a report was filed a month later, June 7th, about the missing computers. Detectives are now investigating.

We reached out to Johnston Health to see if any of the stolen computers contained any sensitive patient records or medical information. Tom Hughes, Communications Specialist with UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine, released a statement saying,” We have confirmed that these devices were encrypted. The devices were not used to store patient information. Access to patient information was further safeguarded by additional security measures. As a result, there is no identifiable risk to patient information.”

“UNC Health is committed to protecting the privacy and security of patient information and has developed and implemented numerous safeguards, which proved effective in this case,” Mr. Hughes added.

Anyone with information about the six stolen Johnston Health computers is asked to contact the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121.