Civilian Conservation Corps

Discharge Paper work causes data breach

January 4th, 2015

Around 20 patients suffered data breach when their medical information was passed to other patient along with her discharge papers. The breach in Medical Center of Aurora apparently gave Karen Billings seven pages of operating room records after her hospital release.

The information contained Protected Health Information (PHI) for other patients. The data also included patient names, dates of birth, the doctor’s name, the procedure done, and the prescribed medication.

“I was shocked. I was mad. I was hurt that I had somebody else’s information,” Billings said.  “I wouldn’t want my stuff out there.”

In a statement, the healthcare organization said that it takes the protection of patients’ private information very seriously.

“We were made aware that one day’s surgery schedule was mistakenly given to a patient on November 22nd and, per policy, our Facility Privacy Official immediately began an internal investigation and we are notifying the affected patients,” the statement read. “We are committed to protecting the privacy of our patients and are reviewing internal procedures to determine additional safeguards we should implement.”

The affected individuals were shocked to get the data breach information from media rather than Medical Center of Aurora itself.

“If the doctor knew about it, the administrators knew about it, the hospital knew about it, then they should’ve been proactive instead of waiting, trying to hide it,” Scott Anderson told the news station.

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