A laptop computer containing personal information about patients at Salina (Kan.) Regional Health Center has been reported missing, putting up to 1,100 patients at risk for identity theft.
The hospital said the computer contained names, Social Security numbers and medical histories of the patients. The hospital is offering a $2,000 reward for the laptop's return.
The computer was stolen earlier this month from the office of Veridian Behavioral Health. Also taken were a docking station, printer, overhead projector and other computer equipment, plus a small amount of prescription drugs.
Patients whose privacy was potentially compromised have received letters from the hospital, notifying them to let their financial institutions know about the threat and to be on guard for false charges, said Beth Vinson, the hospital's marketing supervisor.
The reason the patient information was stored on the machine was because the user travels to different offices to treat patients. She said the patient information is double-password protected.
''This person has different offices to go to, and this way when he traveled to different offices, he'd have that information available to him,'' Vinson said.
She said there was no indication that any of the information on the computer had been breached.