Laptop Theft at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Causes Potential Data Breach

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Stanford University School of Medicine are notifying patients about a potential data breach, which occurred Jan. 9.

A password-protected laptop computer containing limited medical information on pediatric patients was stolen from a physician's car away from campus. According to the release, the information on the laptop was predominantly from 2009 and related to past care and research, without financial information or Social Security numbers. However, it did include names, dates of birth, basic medical descriptors and medical record numbers. The number of patients that may be affected is unavailable.

According to the release, the hospital, the School of Medicine and law enforcement are working to recover the laptop. Individuals potentially affected will be offered free identity protection services.

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