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Health Dept. Laptop with Health Info Stolen (Apr 12, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has notified nearly 133,000 individuals that their names and some personal information may have been contained on an agency laptop computer that was stolen from an employee's car last week.

Agency officials said Tuesday a database related to the Oklahoma Birth Defects Registry was on the computer. Besides the laptop, which was used to record data from hospital medical records, 50 paper files containing abstracted medical information also were taken.

State Health Commissioner Terry Cline apologized to those who may be affected, and said the agency is reviewing administrative policies to ensure such a theft doesn't happen again.

The agency is cautioning those whose data might be compromised to contact credit reporting agencies and take other steps to protect their personal information.

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