A stolen, unencrypted laptop computer has caused 25-bed Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, Ind., to notify all 29,000 patients treated during the past six years of a breach of their protected health information.

The password-protected laptop was among the items stolen during a burglary of an employee’s home on Nov. 27, 2012, according to the hospital. Some employees are permitted to bring home laptops; the employee required 24-hour access to the electronic health records system, according to the hospital.

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