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Surgeon’s stolen laptop stored patient’s’ records

OHSU notifying more than 4,000 people

The Columbian
Published: March 25, 2013, 5:00pm

PORTLAND — Oregon Health and Science University is notifying more than 4,000 patients that some of their personal information was stored on a surgeon’s laptop computer that was stolen during a Hawaii vacation.

The Oregonian reports that an initial check showed the Social Security numbers of nine people were breached, but that figure has since grown to 17. OHSU says those people will be offered free identity theft monitoring.

For the remaining people, the information breached includes their name, age, type of surgery and other limited information.

OHSU privacy officer Ronald Marcum says the hospital believes that most of the affected patients face little risk of ID theft.