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Stolen Laptops Put 5,000 Patients' Data at Risk

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 6, 2010

A California Hospital is providing one year of free identity theft protection to 5,450 patients whose personal and health information was potentially breached after the theft of two laptop computers, San Francisco Business Times reports. Officials at John Muir Health notified police and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after discovering the theft two months ago. The laptops were password protected and "contained data in a format that would not be readily accessible," said Muir's chief compliance and privacy officer, though the data was not encrypted. Muir officials say there is no evidence that the patient data has been compromised, and that it has now installed encryption software on the hospital system's laptops.
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