Laptop stolen contained information of 1,000 Santa Cruz patients

Sandra Gonzales reports:

A laptop computer recently stolen at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Santa Cruz office contained personal and medical information of 1,000 Santa Cruz County patients.

As a result, officials at the Medical Foundation’s sent out notices March 23 alerting the patients of the theft that happened about a month ago, said foundation spokesman Mark Riley.

The laptop computer was attached to a neurological piece of equipment when thieves broke into the foundation’s office and stole it, Riley said. At the time, the office was closed.

The information on the computer included EMG results, the patients’ medical record numbers, treatment plans and diagnoses.

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