Lawyer: Patients notified about misplaced records

Amanda Chan reports the follow-up to an incident previously covered on PHIprivacy.net:

The Charlotte psychologist whose patient records were discovered at a county recycling facility last month contacted 1,590 of his patients via letter to inform them of the incident on Friday, his lawyer said.

Ervin Batchelor, owner of Carolina Center for Development and Rehabilitation, had his sons mistakenly take 23 boxes of confidential patient records to the Mecklenburg Recycling Center on June 24, said Sean Timmons, Batchelor’s lawyer.

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The records had patient names, contact information, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and medical histories, according to the letter sent to Batchelor’s patients.

Read more in the Charlotte Observer.

Yes, folks, figure I will keep hammering home paper records breaches until Congress wakes up and writes a good data breach disclosure law that covers paper records, too.

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  1. Golde - August 2, 2010

    You go Gal. Maybe when it is one of their papers or that of a family member they will realize that paper is better than computer data. Some states have paper disposal laws. That is the way we have to go about it—- So legislators, start typing if you don’t have a paper disposal law. If you don’t, look at the one from Texas. It’s a great start.

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