Protected Health Information documents in Dumpster

February 24th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

Suburban Lung Associates in Illinois may face a protected health information (PHI) breach after its medical record was found in the dumpster. Local CBS affiliate news station reported the incident. It found out that number of patient charts was thrown in the trash that contained PHI such as patients’ medical histories, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses.

According to the reports, CBS affiliate discovered that the dumpster belonged to Filefax, a company that stores and transports medical records. The news station broadcasted news with inputs from dumpster driver. The women driver explained that Filefax had allowed her to take the papers a week prior and she had made ten trips with 1,000 pounds of Suburan’s medical records.

Filefax avoided news reporter after the incident. News station has alerted Northbrook police of the unsecure medical information, and police then ordered Filefax to secure the dumpster in their facility.

Hospital mentioned that its security policy mandates that the vendor destroy all medical files. They also said that they believe in protecting patient’s information at priority and this breach is isolated incident. The Illinois Attorney General and US Department of Health and Human Services are now investigating the breach.

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