A physician working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was robbed of his encrypted laptop and cell phone, and forced to give the pass codes and encryption keys.

The robbery, during which the victim was tied to a tree and held at gun- and knife-point by two assailants, was part of a chain of robberies in that area during the same evening in September, the local Fox television affiliate reports. After another robbery, police arrested two persons who also are suspects in the earlier incidents. The devices, however, have not been found.

Whether information on the devices was accessed is not known, BWH says in a notice sent to about 1,000 affected patients. An investigation determined that the devices covered certain patients treated at BWH’s neurology and neurosurgery programs between October 2011 and September 2014. Data on the devices included patient name or partial name, medical record number, age, medications, and diagnosis and treatment information.

Social Security numbers, as well as patient insurance and financial information, were not on the devices. “BWH is currently reviewing related policies and procedures in an effort to determine if there are steps that BWH can take that may decrease the likelihood of reoccurrence of this type of incident in the future,” the patient notice states.

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