Henry Ford Health System in Detroit is not giving much information about the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer containing protected health information on males receiving prostate services between 1997 and 2008, the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report.

The delivery system declines to state how many patients were affected. The federal breach notification rule requires notification to local media and the Department of Health and Human Services for breaches affecting more than 500 individuals. Henry Ford is notifying affected patients and offering one year of free credit monitoring services.

The laptop was stolen on or around Sept. 24 from an unlocked urology office, according to a statement released to local media. Information on the laptop included name, address, date of birth, medical record number, type of treatment, e-mail address and phone number.

--Joseph Goedert


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