The Indiana University School of Medicine has notified 3,192 individuals of the theft of a laptop containing protected health information, including 178 Social Security numbers.

The password-protected but unencrypted laptop from the department of surgery was "apparently" stolen from a physician's car on Aug. 16 and immediately reported to police, according to the hospital. Patient notification began on Sept. 2. Protected health information on the laptop included name, age, sex, diagnosis and medical record number, in addition to Social Security numbers for 178 patients.

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