Feb 272019

Joanne Carroll reports:

A health board employee  is under investigation after “misplacing” hundreds of patients’ medical information – some of which are still missing.

The Canterbury and West Coast District Health Board only became aware of what it calls a “potential privacy breach” when a member of the public found some of the documents in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby on February 11.

The documents contained 300 people’s names and health numbers, and at least 15 patients’ private health information such as clinical notes. One affected patient said she was told her medical notes had “blown away in a gust of wind”.

Read more on Stuff.

Update:  Laura Mills of the Otago Daily Times subsequently reported additional details:

The West Coast District Health Board has launched a full investigation after confidential patient information concerning 300 patients from Grey Base Hospital was found in a Christchurch suburb.

Some of the documents remain missing, raising fears that they may have been destroyed.

Responding to a query from the Greymouth Star, the board yesterday admitted the ”potential” privacy breach, which it said related to a ”serious employment issue”.

Read more on Otago Daily Times.

Feb 272019

MTN News reports:

There was a breach of personal patient information at the Rocky Boy Health Center recently.

On Thursday evening, Rocky Boy Health Center CEO Jessica Windy Boy posted on the Center’s Facebook page stating health officials became aware of the breach on January 16.

The breach reportedly happened on or around January 14.

According to the post, medical records were broken into including X-ray and dental records dating back to the late 1990s.

Read more on KRTV.
Feb 172019

Michael Seiden reports:

Piles of partially burned medical records were discovered across the street from a metro Atlanta medical center, Channel 2 Action News has learned.

Southside Medical Clinic said they have no idea how the records got there.

A viewer alerted Channel 2’s Michael Seiden to the issue in a parking lot across the street from the clinic. Seiden went to an abandoned building across the street, where he found hundreds of patient documents in a dumpster and others stored outside in shipping crates.

Read more on WSBTV.

Feb 132019

The notice on their web site:

Notice to Our Patients of Recent Privacy Incident

Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City is committed to protecting the confidentiality and security of our patients’ information. Regrettably, this notice is to inform our patients of an incident involving some of that information.

On December 16, 2018, we learned from an AAKC-employed nurse anesthetist that his bag, containing surgery schedules with patient information, was stolen from his vehicle on December 14, 2018. The theft was reported to law enforcement but the bag and contents have not been recovered. We immediately began an investigation and determined that the patient schedules may have included some patients’ names, dates of birth, types of surgery, dates of surgery, and the name of the patients’ surgeon. Patient addresses, social security numbers, insurance and financial information were not included on the schedules.

This incident did not affect all our patients. The bag only contained a few surgery schedules but we could not specifically determine exactly which schedules were included. In an abundance of caution, we notified certain patients who underwent surgeries from April 4, 2018 to December 14, 2018.

We have no indication that any patient information has been misused in any way; however, we mailed letters to affected patients on February 1, 2019. If you believe you are affected and do not receive a letter by March 1, 2019, please call 1-877-363-7799, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Central Time. We also recommend that affected patients review the statements they receive from their healthcare providers. If they see services they did not receive, please contact the healthcare provider immediately.

We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause our patients. To help prevent something like this from happening in the future, we have reinforced our policy prohibiting the non-essential removal of patient information from the facility and implemented new requirements designed to safeguard patient data if there is a necessary reason to take information out of the facility.