Self Regional Healthcare is offering nearly 39,000 patients a year of free credit and identity theft protection services from Experian following the theft of an unencrypted laptop.

The local Index-Journal newspaper in Greenwood, S.C., reports that two thieves on May 25 stole the laptop from the delivery system’s Support Services Center and their images were captured on video. The pair were arrested and told police they did not access the computer; one said he panicked and threw the laptop into a lake. Divers twice searched for the device and could not find it.

“Because we do not have the laptop in our possession, Self Regional must assume there is a possibility that someone may have accessed certain patients’ protected health information,” CEO Jim Pfeiffer said in a notice on Self Regional’s website.

Protected health information on the laptop included patient names, payment card and financial account information, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, treating physician names, insurance policy numbers, patient account numbers, service dates, diagnoses and procedures,  and possibly addresses, according to Self Regional.

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