NJ: Medical records of 40,000 patients stolen from shed behind doctor's office

Patrick Villanova reports that a storage shed containing the medical records of approximately 40,000 patients was broken into Tuesday and all the files were stolen.

The files belonged to patients seen between 1982 and 2009 by Dr. Nisar A. Quraishi, an internist with an office at 1 Chopin Court in Jersey City.

Quraishi, who is also listed as a specialist in internal medicine and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the NYU Langone Trinity Center in New York, informed police that the last time he had checked the shed was in early August and it had been locked then. He learned of the theft when a neighbor called him to report the shed was open.

Read more on NJ.com.

If the latches on the shed were reportedly cut, how will OCR view the physical security in terms of HIPAA’s Security Rule? The images of the shed included in NJ.com’s story do not suggest it would pose a serious obstacle to a burglary.



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