MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Mankato Clinic says a laptop with information on nearly 3,200 patients was stolen from a nurse’s car last month.

Clinic chief executive Randy Farrow says it’s unlikely anyone has accessed the password-protected information.

The records included patients’ full names, dates of birth, medical record numbers and diagnosis information. Farrow says the records did not include financial information, Social Security numbers or home addresses.

The theft occurred about Nov. 1. Clinic officials sent letters to all affected patients Thursday.

Farrow says the delay in notification came about because the clinic was doing an internal investigation to understand the extent of the situation.

The clinic says it notified federal officials about the security breach as required.

The Free Press of Mankato reports that the laptop has not been recovered.

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Comments (7)
  1. Lyle Laturno says:

    Tragic this continues. My records disappeared from the VA and a New York bank.
    Believe employees AND administration that allow this to happen need to be terminated and possible legal action taken. Stolen files may be sold and held for some time before the information is used.
    Should this happen to you put a lock on your credit records. Eliminates anyone being able to open a credit card in your name. Delays loan applications but the best security you can have.

  2. Mr Jones says:

    Stupid to leave a laptop in a vehicle. She should be fired.

  3. Bob says:

    The information is password-protected. The bad guys can’t get to the info. Don’t worry, be happy.

  4. mhoff says:

    stupid for the clinic to allow my personal health info to be on a laptop that could leave the clinic. anyone could hack into it.

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