CA: Peninsula hospital reports medical records theft

Yet another hospital employee apparently walked out with records.

Erin Allday reports:

A mailroom employee at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame took home medical documents for roughly 1,500 patients over a nearly year-long period, the health care system announced today.

Most of the records contained patient names and diagnostic test results, and 15 of the documents included patient addresses and insurance identification or Social Security numbers. Hospital officials have reviewed the reports and confirmed despite the theft that doctors received all diagnostic and other medical information needed to provide patient care.

The reports were removed from the hospital between November 2009 and September 2010. But hospital officials didn’t become aware of the theft until June this year, when a relative of the mailroom employee found the documents and returned them to the hospital.

The employee, whose name was not made public, has been fired.

Read more on SFGate.com. I cannot find any statement on the medical center’s site at this time.

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