Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Stanford University School of Medicine recently began notifying approximately 2,500 patients that their personal data may have been accessed after a laptop was stolen from a physician's office on July 15 or 16.

"Compromised information included names, location of service and medical records; some treatment histories and dates of birth or ages; and a 'small' amount of Social Security numbers," writes CMIO's Beth Walsh. "The university is offering paid identity protection services and said it has tightened security."

"University officials stressed that based on tracking software installed on the computer, there is no evidence that the private information has been accessed and that they are notifying the affected patients as a precaution," writes The San Jose Mercury News' Robert Salonga. "The Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics are working with university police in the theft investigation, said Lisa Lapin, assistance vice president of university communications."

"The hospital suffered a more widespread but less critical data breach last August after the information of 20,000 patients was found online," writes Threatpost's Christopher Brook. "This batch of information, culled from a six month period at the hospital’s emergency room didn’t include Social Security numbers or birth dates but did include names and diagnosis codes."