KY: Medical records from defunct practice found in Richmond dumpster

Melanie Kendall reports:

A Madison County man says he found thousands of medical records stuffed in a dumpster.

Carl Swanger says Saturday he found 65 boxes filled with patient information, including social security and credit card numbers. He says immediately he knew something wasn’t right.

The boxes were stuffed in a dumpster at AAA Rent-A-Space in Richmond, according to Swanger. He took them to Baptist Health where he thought the records came from.

The hospital says the paperwork is actually from Richmond Radiology, which it says closed in the early 2000s.

Read more on WTVQ. And kudos to Baptist Health for taking charge of the old records until they can get someone who used to own Richmond Radiology to properly dispose of them.

But let’s consider this:  according to the news report, the boxes were in storage, and the storage account was abandoned in 2011. Will HHS do anything about this breach?

 

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