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660 Patient Names, Medical Records Stolen From Rehab Center

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A laptop stolen last month from a rehab center in Downey contained more than 660 patient names and medical records, health officials revealed on Friday, reports KTLA.

The computer, reported stolen on February 24 from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, housed names, D.O.B. and diagnostic information for at least 667 patients. Michael Wilson of the County Department of Health Services said the records were not encrypted and that patients were sent letters about the theft.

The machine was hooked up to diagnostic neuromuscular equipment at the time of the disappearance, notes KTLA. In an attempt to avoid future privacy issues, the hospital has reportedly started a review of its portable devices. Anyone with questions or information about the breach is asked to call the county at (877) 726-2461,