Follow-up: Mecklenburg Co. not fined for releasing personal information of health department patients

WSOC-TV reports:

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights did not fine Mecklenburg County for inadvertently providing Channel 9 with the personal medical information of thousands of health department patients in 2017.

Records show Mecklenburg County self-reported the potential HIPAA violation on May 4, 2017.

In March 2017, in response to a records request, Mecklenburg County provided Channel 9 with multiple Excel spreadsheets containing “health department patient names, information regarding the services received, lab results, medical record numbers, patients’ addresses, and dates of birth,” according to a filing with the Office of Civil Rights.

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