A huge data breach at Sutter Health following the theft of a computer in October 2011 resulted in the filing of 11 class action lawsuits, which now are being consolidated into one case, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

The breach affected more than 4.2 million patients. Compromised information for about 3.3 million patients included name, address, date of birth, phone number and e-mail address if provided. In addition to that information, dates of services and a description of diagnoses and services also was included for another 943,000 patients.

The desktop computer contained information for two affiliates of the delivery system--Sutter Physicians Services and Sutter Medical Foundation. A notice to patients included a list of 21 physician practices affected by the breach. Because Social Security numbers and financial information were not compromised, Sutter last fall did not offer paid credit/fraud protection services to affected patients. A Health Data Management inquiry to Sutter of whether any patients have since received protection services was not immediately responded to.

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