Laptop stolen with health data on 620,000 Albertans

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne speaks to the media after it was unveiled that a laptop...

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne speaks to the media after it was unveiled that a laptop containing the name, date of birth, provincial health card numbers, billing codes, and diagnostic codes of 620,000 Albertans was stolen last September. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The theft of a unencrypted laptop in Edmonton means the personal health information of more than 620,000 Albertans may be compromised, an "outraged" Health Minister Fred Horne said Wednesday.

Medicentres Family Health Care Clinics says the laptop was stolen from an information technology consultant on Sept. 26, 2013, and contains the names, birth dates, provincial health card numbers, billing codes and diagnostic codes of 620,000 Albertans.

Medicentres notified Edmonton police and Alberta's Information Privacy Commissioner of the theft on Oct. 1, 2013, but Health Minister Fred Horne was outraged that his office was only just told on Tuesday, nearly four months later.

"I am, quite frankly, outraged that this would not have been reported to myself or my department sooner," Horne said.

"Let's be clear -- personal information has been compromised. The information was stored on a laptop in unencrypted form and, to my knowledge, the information has not been recovered."

The affected patients were seen at private walk-in clinics between May 2, 2011, and Sept. 19, 2013, Medicentres said, adding they have no information suggesting the stolen information has been accessed or misused.


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