Saturday, September 25, 2010

Patient information found on interstate

In the latest patient privacy breach, a woman who noticed lots of paper all over the road while driving on I-30 in Arkansas later discovered two pieces of paper wedged in the grill of her car, Today's THV reports. The pages, which contained patient information, were some 75 miles away from the hospital where they were generated.

"We just thought that somebody had lost a load," Hunsinger said.

The papers included the names of two patients, addresses, the reason for their visits to 170-bed Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville, Ark., and their social security numbers.

The revelation is intriguing, because St. Mary's document disposal process involves shredding on-site.

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