Ind. hospital notifies patients of stolen laptop

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Officials at a southwestern Indiana hospital are notifying 29,000 patients that a hospital laptop containing personal health information was stolen from an employee's home last month.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Gibson General Hospital President and CEO Emmett Schuster says there is no evidence to believe the data on the laptop was the target of the Nov. 27 burglary. Information on the laptop may have included a patient's name, address, Social Security number and clinical information.

The hospital says the laptop had security features, including password protection. Schuster says patients are being notified as a precautionary measure.

The laptop was used by an employee whose job requires around-the-clock access to the hospital's electronic medical records system. Letters were mailed Wednesday to hospital patients since January 2007.

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