Malpractice lawyer loses hard drive with patient records

Tricia Bishop reports:

A Baltimore law firm lost a portable hard drive containing information about its cases, including medical records for 161 stent patients suing cardiologist Mark G. Midei for alleged malpractice at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

The drive was lost Aug. 4 by an employee of the firm Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones who was traveling on the Baltimore light rail, according to a letter obtained by The Baltimore Sun that was sent to one of the affected patients last week — two months after the drive went missing.

Read more on Baltimore Sun. The law firm was representing the hospital, so the patients were notified under HIPAA.  The data included medical records, patient names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, and insurance information.

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