FLORISSANT, Mo. (KSDK) - A local orthodontist is warning patients to be vigilant about identity fraud after a flat screen television, external backup drive and two desktop computers were stolen from its office in the early morning hours of July 22.
Olson & White said in a statement that it is possible that patient data, such as dental photographs, dental x-rays and orthodontic treatment plans could be accessed from the stolen items. In addition, an investigation determined that some financially-responsible party data, such as names, social security numbers and medical insurer information, was also potential accessible.
"Olson & White is not aware of any incident of actual identity theft arising out of this break-in," Dan Nelson, the office's legal counsel, said in a statement. "But, Olson & White has strongly encouraged its patients and their financially-responsible parties to be vigilant regarding identity theft."
The office has sent letters to patients containing information about the possible security breach as well as resources on identity theft. Olson & White has also increased perimeter security around its office.