Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Alabama Regional Medical Center Victim of Patient Information Theft

An unknown individual stole patient medical records from a regional medical center in Troy, Alabama. The hospital has mailed letters to approximately 880 patients affected, all of whom were born between 1988 and 1992.

The authorities believe this and other thefts from hospitals in Georgia and Alabama are related to fraudulent tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
"We greatly regret this incident and we are committed to protecting our patients’ information and to providing assistance to protect the personal information of the patients affected. - Chief Executive Officer and Administrator, Troy Regional Medical Center
The hospital only learned on May 20, 2011, that patients’ personally identifiable information, had been stolen. The data includes name, address, date of birth, social security number, and medical record number, but not treatment or diagnosis.
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The hospital has done its own internal investigation and enhanced its safeguards and procedures, including the immediate, mandatory training of all employees regarding the protection of patient information.

Sources:
(a) Troy Regional Medical Center Notifies Patients of Data Theft - Troy Regional Medical Center(TRMC), July 6, 2011


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