Around 2,506 patients were affected after paper records were exposed during the closure of a healthcare center in Iowa. The incident at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has resulted into possible healthcare data breach.
According to the reports, patients at the Dubuque location who were treated between August 2008 and April 2014 had their PHI accessed by an unauthorized entity following the closure and sale of the healthcare center. Affected information included names, dates of birth, mailing addresses, insurance information, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers, diagnoses, treatments, and lab results.
The healthcare system has mentioned that it had secured the records. Also, measures are implemented to ensure that patient privacy and confidentiality is being protected.
“PPHeartland’s [Planned Parenthood of the Heartland] standard policy is to conduct ongoing security audits—which already far surpass state and federal regulatory standards—to ensure we remain true to our commitment to patient privacy,” Chief Clinical Officer Penny Dickey said in a statement.
“We have conducted a rigorous review of our processes and revised our facilities relocation protocols. All staff responsible for facility relocation have been apprised of these modifications.”
All affected individuals were notified about the incident.
“PPHeartland is dedicated to securing and maintaining our patients’ trust; this incident is in no way representative of PPHeartland’s stringent privacy standards,” added Dickey. “We will continue to strive toward the highest quality patient care, including stringent confidentiality standards, at all of our health centers.”
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPHeartland) has served women and men of all ages since the 1930s. Today the organization offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and eastern Oklahoma through 17 health centers and Education Resource Centers in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
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