Los Angeles County officials said Thursday that an additional 3,497 patients may have had their personal information taken in a theft of medical data from a county contractor's office.
Eight computers were taken from the Torrance office of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, a company that handles medical billing and collections for the county, in February. The total number of patients affected is now about 342,000.
According to a statement from the county auditor-controller's office, the newly identified patients were Department of Public Health patients who had received Drug Medi-Cal services. Names, addresses and billing information for those patients may have been taken, but no Social Security numbers were included in the reports stored on the stolen computers.
Sutherland, via a public relations firm, released a description of a suspect in the break-in and surveillance video images last month. The company is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the return of the stolen equipment or the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.
County officials said the county is still reviewing Sutherland's security procedures. So far, at least three lawsuits have been filed against the county over the data breach.