Saturday, August 14, 2010

HIPAA Horrors

This has been a week for HIPAA horrors.

A reporter dropping some trash at a landfill in Massachusetts stumbled on a huge pile of medical records. It seems a former billing company for pathologists who served four hospitals had dumped the records without bothering to shred them. Now the hospitals and pathologists are on the hook – ouch.

Then a psychiatrist on the west coast left his laptop on the back seat of his car, and to his surprise (?) it was stolen, and the laptop contained demographic and billing information on thousands of patients.

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