Mecklenburg County, NC: 1,200 patients impacted by gaffe in responding to public records request
Joe Bruno and Blake Hanson report:
County officials mistakenly gave information to two media outlets Monday in response to public records requests about the Health Department’s failure to notify women of abnormal Pap smear results. Channel 9 immediately notified county officials upon discovering the information on a compact disc.
Officials said the information did not go to anyone beside the two media outlets.[…]
Health department statement released on Monday:
On Monday, March 27, Mecklenburg County inadvertently released information that contained HIPAA protected information to two media outlets as a result of an open records request.
The County has contacted the outlets to recall the information and is confident that no protected information has been released to the public.
Mecklenburg County takes protecting private information very seriously and has multiple levels of security to keep this from occurring.
That system failed in this instance, and the County will closely review the policy and procedures used to release information and to make sure this type of information is not released in the future.
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