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San Francisco patient records taken with computers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco health officials say personal information about 55,900 patients seen at the city's public hospitals and clinics was stored on computers stolen last month from the Southern California offices of a billing contractor.

Director of Health Barbara Garcia said Friday that the computers taken from Sutherland Healthcare Solutions in Torrance on Feb. 5 contained names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, billing information and when and where the patients were treated.

The city started notifying people about the compromised records this week. Garcia says officials do not have any evidence indicating that the information has been used improperly.

Los Angeles County officials reported earlier this month that records identifying about 169,000 of its medical patients also were stolen during the break-in.

Torrance police are investigating.

The billing company is offering affected individuals a year of credit monitoring.

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