700 records of Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center patients stolen from car

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center is notifying patients of a potential data breach after appointment lists containing protected health information were stolen from an employee's car.

The theft occurred July 8, and among items stolen were appointment lists for approximately 700 patients seen in the LAC+USC neurosurgery clinic, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Compromised information includes full names, birth dates, medical record numbers, telephone numbers, gender and date and time of the scheduled appointment. The lists may also have included diagnoses or reasons for appointments.

The hospital notified the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and is currently investigating the theft.

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