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Stolen Laptop Contained Health Info

DATA LOSS—U.S.

December 21, 2010

Dean Health System and St. Mary's Hospital sent letters to 3,288 of their surgical patients on Saturday telling them their data was compromised when a laptop was stolen from a doctor's home last month, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. The doctor put the patient information on her personal computer against hospital policy, said a Dean spokeswoman. According to the spokeswoman, the data did not include Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers or financial information. The organizations are offering affected patients a free year of identity theft service and up to $20,000 in reimbursements for expenses from resolving any ID theft issues, states the report.
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