Laptop thefts put Long Island health system patient information at risk

Information of patients at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York may have been compromised after the left of laptops from a contractor's office.

The contractor, Global Care Delivery Inc., processes and collects payments that health insurance providers owe to hospitals, according to an announcement. The Dallas-based company had five laptops stolen from its offices on or about Sept. 2, 2014. The company said it notified law enforcement about the theft, but the laptops were not recovered.

Information on the laptops included patient names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and information pertaining to medical treatment. The health system will offer affected patients free credit monitoring for a year.

So far there has been no reports of misuse of information or identity theft stemming from the incident, North Shore-LIJ said. Announcement