NE: PHI on 2,125 patients was on chip that fell out of a thumb drive on a lanyard

From the Lincoln Journal Star:

They emptied vacuum cleaner bags. Scoured the office. Nothing.

Somehow, somewhere, sometime in May, a computer chip containing medical records for more than 2,000 of a Lincoln doctor’s patients went missing — likely having slipped from the thumb drive Dr. James Fosnaugh wore on a lanyard around his neck.

Fosnaugh’s office, Wedgewood Legacy Medical at 8055 O St., said no Social Security numbers or financial or insurance information was lost.

But a news release from Wedgewood — required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when a medical provider experiences a breach of privacy — said patients’ full names, birth dates, home addresses, phone numbers and, in some cases, names of family members were listed in the lost records.

Read more on Lincoln Journal Star. I do not see a web site for the practice or a copy of the notification online at this time.

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