Idaho's Larsen Dental Care recently announced that an undisclosed number of patients' personal and medical information may have been exposed when an unencrypted external hard drive was stolen from an employee's vehicle on March 4, 2014.

A third-party forensic expert hired by the company determined that the data on the stolen drive may have included patients' names, addresses, birthdates, email addresses, phone numbers, dental records, medical histories, health insurance identification numbers and Social Security numbers. No financial information was held on the drive.

All those affected are being offered one year of identity protection services through AllClear PRO.

"We take the protection of our patients' personal information seriously and are taking active steps to prevent a similar occurrence," the company said in a statement [PDF] posted on its Web site. "We are implementing encryption software to protect the data contained on our hard drives and our network storage device, revising our security policy which includes our policy for transporting backup media, providing additional training to employees on the policies and procedures for safeguarding patient data and notifying affected individuals."

Patients with questions are advised to contact (877) 313-1404.

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