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Jan 28, 2010 12:53 PM

UCSF laptop containing patient files stolen

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The medical records of more than 4,000 patients at the University of California, San Francisco may have been compromised after a laptop they were on was stolen.

Officials with the university said Wednesday the laptop was recovered earlier this month after it was taken from a medical school employee during a flight in November. It does not appear that anyone gained access to the computer or the confidential patient information, but officials say the records still could have been exposed.

The files contained patients' names, medical record numbers, ages and clinical information, but no Social Security numbers or financial data.

School officials say they are notifying the 4,400 patients whose records were on the computer. They were all treated in 2008 and 2009.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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