Florida Outpatient Clinic Notifies Patients After Paper Records Fall Out of Truck

You can’t make this stuff up.

On December 19, 2015, Radiology Regional Center, an outpatient diagnostic facility, sent paper records of 480,000 to the incinerator for disposal. Apparently, the driver of the truck failed to lock the storage department door adequately before leaving. Along the way, the door opened and the patient records fell out of the truck. According to news sources, employees and physicians of Radiology Regional attempted to gather up all of the records. The employees returned to the scene two more times to look for any remaining records. Although it was believed the staff recovered all of the records, Radiology Regional notified 480,000 patients of the breach. In remediation, Radiology Regional moved its records disposal business to a different contractor.

Although the focus of most news reports is on electronic data privacy, this story is a good reminder of the importance of maintaining the privacy of tangible items as well. Visit our web page for more information about how we can help you.

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