Laptop With Patient Info Stolen

Computer was password-protected and info may have been deleted

Friday, Aug 20, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 PM CDT
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Laptop With Patient Info Stolen

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A laptop computer with personal information on 7,000 Cook County health system patients has been stolen, authorities say.

The computer was stolen June 1, but its theft wasn't disclosed until Friday, after the completion of an internal investigation, said Cook County Health and Hospital System spokesman Lucio Guererro.

Guererro said the investigation determined the computer was password-protected and the information may have been deleted from the computer.

However, because of the uncertainty, officials are notifying patients their information may have been compromised. Guererro says officials haven't seen evidence any of the information has been accessed or distributed.

Officials say the laptop was used to transmit data for medicaid and medicare reimbursements.

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