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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Medical information about 729,000 patients has been compromised by the theft of two laptops belonging to a California hospital group, company officials say.
The laptops, owned by AHMC based in the San Gabriel Valley, contained health and personal information about patients treated at six hospitals in the region, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
Officials said the computers were taken Oct. 12 from a sixth-floor office of a "gated and patrolled" medical campus. The theft was discovered Oct. 14 and the date of the theft was determined by examination of video footage, AHMC spokesman Gary Hopkins said.
Hospital officials advised patients to put fraud alerts on their credit cards and check credit reports for fraudulent activity.
reply to post by xuenchen
Wasn't it also in California where the IRS walked into a place and took a whole bunch of medical records???
Something is odd about all these medical record slip ups in California. But hey, with Healhcare.gov firing on 1 out of 8 cylinders, I am sure the identity theft we have yet to hear about will make these computers look like a walk in the park!