Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and the Stanford University School of Medicine recently began notifying patients that a password-protected laptop containing information on approximately 57,000 pediatric patients was stolen from a physician's car on January 9, 2013. The information, which was mostly from 2009 and related to past care and research, included patient names, dates of birth, basic medical descriptors, and medical record numbers.

Both Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medicine say there's no indication that any patient information was accessed or compromised, and they're continuing to work with law enforcement to recover the stolen laptop.

Patients affected by the breach are being offered free identity protection services. Anyone who has questions about the breach is advised to call (855) 731-6016.