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Study participants alerted to stolen UMMC laptop

JACKSON — Officials are warning about 1,500 participants in health studies that a laptop containing some personal information was stolen.

The computer, assigned to a University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty member, was stolen Oct. 31 from a Jackson clinic after it was left unsecured. Records of one study, with 1,400 patients, include age, sex, race, ZIP code and lab results. Records exclude names and Social Security numbers. Letters mailed Monday notify participants of the breach.

Records of a second study of about 75 patients include more sensitive information, and they are being contacted personally. UMMC spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle would not say if records include names.

She would not say what researchers were studying.

UMMC says it has disciplined responsible employees, but Guilfoyle would not name employees or detail actions taken.

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