Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Doctor Stole Patient Data to Start New Practice

A Mississippi optometrist stole patients' personal information (PII) so that he could notify them of his new practice.

This privacy breach occurred when the doctor copied patients’ information onto a thumb drive, but it just as easily could have been photos of data on a screen taken with a smartphone, which increasingly is being used for data theft.

"[The clinic] notified its patients that there was unauthorized access to [their] medical records." - WDAM Channel 7 news
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Sources:
(a) Hattiesburg Clinic issues statement regarding HIPAA breach - www.WDAM.com, 04/02/2015

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