The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) recently began notifying 8,294 patients that their personal and health information (including birthdates, medical record numbers and Social Security numbers) may have been exposed when a physician's laptop was stolen (h/t Becker's Hospital Review).

The laptop was stolen on September 25, 2013 from the physician's locked vehicle. Although the physician, who's based in the Division of Gastroenterology at the UCSF School of Medicine, believed that the laptop was encrypted, UCSF says that couldn't be confirmed.

"UCSF is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information and has taken additional steps to secure that information, including strengthening educational and operational processes for information security," the university said in a statement.

The university has informed the California Department of Public Health and the California Attorney General of the theft, and all those whose Social Security numbers may have been exposed are being offered free access to credit monitoring services.

Last month, the UCSF Medical Center notified 3,451 patients that their personal and health information may have been exposed when an unencrypted laptop was stolen from a UCSF Liver Transplant employee's vehicle on September 9, 2013.

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