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.

Feb 072019

Rachel Polansky reports:

Trash scattered on the side of a major road in Lehigh Acres turns out to be information that could have ruined a woman’s life.

The NBC2 Investigators went to check out the situation after your tips came into the newsroom.

The tip came in as trash scattered on the side of the road near the busy intersection of State Road 82 and Sunshine Boulevard. There were account numbers, routing numbers, emails, and medical reports all over the road.

Read more on NBC-2.  And no, they haven’t figured out how this happened.  Yet.

Do you recycle your papers with personal info or do you actually shred them first?

Feb 062019

Emma D’Agostino reports:

MORE than two years have passed since Radius Disability Services went into administration.

Yet, documents containing sensitive information about those who worked for and used the service remain at the former Havlin Street Site.

Copies of a volunteer’s driver’s licence, bank statement, and birth certificate are among the papers strewn on the floor in an office area.

The building has been trashed since becoming disused.

Read more on Bendigo Advertiser.

Jan 312019

Caroline Tilley reports:

Dozens of confidential patient medical records were breached after they ended up in a charity shop, it has been revealed.

More than 40 patients at Mersea Island Medical Practice were affected by the breach when a GP took the documents home and accidentally donated them to St Helena’s Hospice.

Staff members realised what they were and handed them back to the surgery, but not before some had been seen.

Read more on Gazette Standard.


Jan 102019

CBS DFW reports:

A woman in Mansfield got a call from a man who said he found her personal information in a dumpster.

The documents were found in a Mansfield industrial office complex about ten miles from the Liberty Tax Alta Mesa office in Fort Worth where they were filed.

The files included bank account information, social security numbers, addresses and drivers license numbers.

Read more on CBS.