If you're a physician, you should be aware that your personal data may have been compromised recently due to a laptop theft. A simple crime can cause a significant amount of havoc when the stolen device contains extremely sensitive information like social security numbers and other personal identifiers. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) sent a notice to physicians, but many really don't understand what they're supposed to do.
My suggestion would be the following:
Check your credit ASAP
Enroll in an identity theft protection program (credit monitoring services)
Monitor your credit each year
You may be at risk if you don't do anything. If that laptop ends up in the wrong hands, then your personal information could be vulnerable. We can't make any assumptions when laptops get stolen.
Dr. Joseph Kim is the founder of MedicineandTechnology.com, an independent website owned and operated by Dr. Kim. He is also the President of MCM Education, a professional medical education and publishing company that develops continuing medical education (CME) activities in joint sponsorship with medical universities, hospitals, and medical associations.
Dr. Kim is a digital entrepreneur and technologist who has a passion for health information technology, mobile health, and social media. He frequently speaks at conferences about non-clinical careers for physicians, continuing medical education, mobile health technology, and social media in medicine. He is a regular contributor for the Physician Executive Journal, the official journal of the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. Kim holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.