Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, N.H., has notified nearly 6,000 patients of a breach of protected health information following the theft of a laptop.

The laptop was stolen April 4 from an employee’s car, the hospital announced. The Manchester Union-Leader reported the hospital has sent notification letters to 5,994 patients. Protected information on the password-protected but unencrypted laptop included names, addresses, hospital account numbers, medical record numbers, physician names, dates of service and diagnosis and procedure codes. One patient’s Social Security number also was listed.

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