01/22/2014 17:30 EST | Updated 03/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Laptop stolen with health information of 620,000 Albertans

A laptop with the personal health information of 620,000 Albertans was stolen last September, Health Minister Fred Horne announced Wednesday.

The laptop contained the name, date of birth, provincial health card numbers, billing codes and diagnostic codes of the individuals.

Horne said that he was informed of the theft on Tuesday by the vice-president of Medicentres Family Health Care Clinics. He has requested the privacy commissioner to investigate why health officials have only just been told about the theft. 

"I am extremely disappointed that it has taken this long for this to be brought to the government’s attention. Albertans want to know that their information is secure and protected," Horne said in a news release. 

Edmonton Police, the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Alberta Medical Association have also been notified. 

The health minister is holding a news conference at 4 p.m. MT.

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