Monday, July 18, 2011

Georgia Hospital Victimized by Theft of Patient Information

An unknown individual stole patients' medical records from a hospital in Dekalb County, Georgia.

The Secret Service brought the matter to the hospital’s attention because this and other thefts in Georgia and Alabama are related to fraudulent tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
"We take this matter very seriously and are taking steps designed to minimize the possibility of such an event occurring in the future. - President and CEO, DeKalb Medical.
The hospital only became aware of the data theft recently even though the thefts involve patients seen between July and October 2010. The hospital has mailed letters to approximately 7,500 patients whose personally identifiable information (PII) may have been taken.
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Sources:
(a) DeKalb Medical Reports Theft of Patient Information - DeKalb Medical Atlanta Hospital and Medical Center , July 15, 2011
(b) DeKalb Medical Reports Theft of Patient Information - DeKalb Medical Atlanta Hospital and Medical Center , July 15, 2011


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