Northwestern Memorial reports stolen laptop, notifies 2,800 patients of data breach

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is notifying 2,800 patients of a data breach after a laptop was stolen from an employee's car.

The health system learned of the stolen laptop Oct. 21, the same day the laptop was stolen, according to a statement. The employee immediately contacted law enforcement who then began an investigation.

While the laptop was password-protected, it was not encrypted, according to the statement.

The stolen laptop contained patient names, addresses, birth dates, health insurance information, billing codes, date of services, physician names, medical record numbers, diagnosis, treatment information and some Social Security numbers.

No credit card or bank account information was stored on the computer. Additionally, the health system has "no knowledge" that the patient information has been used in any way, according to the statement.

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