AL: Medical records discovered in garbage truck, landfill

Hundreds of medical files with personal and medical details were found in and around a garbage truck at a landfill in Montgomery, Alabama. The records were marked, “Radiology Department, Baptist Medical Center.”

Baptist Health uses a third party for some of its record disposal, and a spokesperson said that they are investigating the matter.

Source: WSFA

Update of 6-23: It was not just Baptist Medical Center affected. The Troy Messenger reports:

But, McKinnon said files from at least five other health care facilities also had been found in the landfill. Officials have determined the third party responsible for disposing of these records, but McKinnon said he could not release the company’s name at this time, adding only that it is a “local, reputable and widely used company” which disposes of medical records.

“We immediately spoke to the management, and they have taken responsibility,” McKinnon said.

He also said he would not release the names of the medical facilities until all had been contacted.

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