MT: Vandal gains access to medical files

Matt Hudson reports:

Storage unit break-ins have become commonplace in the Flathead, but a recent incident had an unusual twist when a Kalispell medical practice discovered that its stored patient files had been accessed improperly.

Urology Associates has been letting patients know that the firm’s storage unit, which houses thousands of patient files under lock and key, was broken into in May.

“We sent out a lot of letters,” practice manager Tanna Darling said. “Over a few thousand letters have been sent out.”

Clinic officials believe that no files were stolen, although sensitive medical information was there.

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“Over a few thousand?” According to their report to HHS on July 24, there were 6,500 patients whose data were in storage.


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