Computer with medical records stolen in Cincinnati area

December 14, 2006

Associated Press

A Pennsylvania health plan is mailing letters this week to about 25-thousand patients whose medical records were on a computer stolen near Cincinnati.

Police in suburban Springdale say the computer was taken from Electronic Registry Systems in a Thanksgiving office break-in.

The company manages a patient registry database for Geisinger Health Systems. Geisinger is offering to pay for identity theft insurance for its patients.

Springdale Police Lieutenant Mike Mathis doesn't think I-D theft was the motive. He says suspects in other recent computer thefts wiped the hard drives clean and attempted to resell the computers.

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