Lawmaker Wants HHS to Investigate Stolen Laptop

Rep. Joe Barton, the ranking minority member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, revealed that he is among the approximately 3,000 heart patients whose medical information was potentially exposed to public scrutiny when an unencrypted government laptop was stolen in February from the car of a National Institutes of Health researcher. In a letter, Barton asks Health and Human Services Department's inspector general to investigate the Feb. 23 theft and the agency's handling of the affair, noting that, "in the interest of full disclosure," he is personally affected.

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