Texas medical group notified 1,326 patients of possible PHI breach when former employee may have inadvertently exposed PHI after leaving patient records at his previous home. Texas medical group mentioned that there has been no evidence that patient information was misused or accessed by unauthorized persons.
According to the statement, Mario Gross, MD, had left patient records at his former residence after he moved away from the area. Local bank took possession of the house. PHI information was left unsupervised at the residence. Premier Physicians Group removed and secured the patient files after the incident. Affected PHI included names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, Social Security numbers, clinical data, and medical insurance information.
Premier Physicians Group has notified all the affected patients. It has also taken steps to increase healthcare data security.
“This includes reviewing and modifying our policies and procedures, educating our medical staff about the incident and tasking them with reviewing and updating their own controls over patient records, and reminding our workforce about the rules and procedures for protecting patient records,” the statement explained.
“The privacy and protection of patients’ personal information will continue to be a top priority for us.”
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