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Computers stolen containing data for 4M patients

Published: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 7:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 11:55 p.m. CDT

PARK RIDGE – Officials with a suburban Chicago hospital have announced that four computers containing personal information for more than 4 million patients were stolen last month.

Advocate Medical Group said Friday that an overnight burglary occurred July 15 at its administrative offices in Park Ridge.

Officials said the computers contained patient names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The computers did not contain medical records, according to The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.

"Nothing leads us to believe that the computers were taken for the information they contained or that any patient information has been used inappropriately," said Kevin McCune, Advocate's chief medical officer, in a statement.

Advocate Medical Group includes about 1,000 doctors at more than 200 Chicago and central Illinois locations. The records include anyone who has visited an Advocate Medical Group doctor.

The computers were password-protected but not encrypted. Advocate is offering credit monitoring services to patients. They started notifying patients with letters on Friday.

Advocate officials said they waited to announce the thefts because they wanted to do an internal audit to see what data was on the computers and identify affected patients.

Patients can find more information on the website, http://www.patientnotice.org .

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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