Friday, May 22, 2009

HIV patients sue after records lost

Boston Globe
Elizabeth Cooney May 21, 2009

Hospital worker left files on MBTA

Four HIV-positive patients whose records were left behind on an MBTA train by a Massachusetts General Hospital employee are suing the hospital, contending their privacy was breached.
In March, the hospital notified 66 patients who received care at its Infectious Disease Associates outpatient practice that billing records bearing their names, Social Security numbers, doctors, and diagnoses had been lost by a manager who was riding the Red Line. She had brought the paperwork home for the weekend, but left it on the train when she returned to work Monday morning, March 9, according to a hospital security report.