Retinal Consultants Medical Group in Sacramento, with 10 offices serving Northern California, has announced the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer.

The organization has issued notifications but has not disclosed the number of affected patients, which it will have to do when it files a report with the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the HIPAA breach notification rule. The privacy officer for Retinal Consultants did not return a telephone call seeking information on the scope of the breach and whether affected patients are being offered credit/identity theft protective services, although the notification does not mention such services.

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