Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles is notifying more than 500 patients that protected health information was on a laptop stolen from an employee’s home during a burglary on June 23. The investigation continues and the full extent of the breach is not yet known.

The laptop was password-protected although its encryption functionality was not operational because it was not reinstalled following changes to the operating system, which violated company security policies, a spokesperson tells Health Data Management.

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