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Laptop with medical info stolen from Wis. doctor

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Thousands of patients are being offered identity theft protection after a laptop was stolen from a doctor's home in Fitchburg.

The laptop contained medical data from more than 3,000 patients at Dean Health System and St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

A Dean spokeswoman tells the Wisconsin State Journal the laptop didn't contain the patients' Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers or other financial information.

The laptop was stolen in November. Dean and St. Mary's sent letters Saturday to 3,288 patients who may have been affected. All had surgeries from 2001 through Nov. 8.

The unidentified doctor put the patient information on her personal computer, which is against Dean policy. Data on Dean computers are encrypted.

No patients have reported any problems so far.

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