Children’s Hospital Boston has notified 2,159 patients or their parents of a breach of protected health information following the theft of an unencrypted laptop.

The laptop, which was password-protected, was stolen while a hospital staff member was attending a conference in Buenos Aires, according to a statement to the media. A file containing patient information had been sent to the laptop as an e-mail attachment, but was not saved to the hard drive. Hospital staff could not determine if the file was accessible on the laptop.

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