Posted by: Jonena Relth, TBD Consulting
It seems like every week we hear about another breach in healthcare security. Although EMRs/EHRs have their own security concerns, I am hoping that once all healthcare facilities are up and running with the new electronic requirements, we will no longer hear of the ridiculous stories of paper medical records haphazardly misplaced or stolen.
Hospital reports security breach
|August 02, 2011, 03:12 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff|
Documents containing personal information of approximately 1,500 Mills-Peninsula Health Services patients were removed from the facility over the course of a year and taken home by a mailroom employee, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The worker, who has since been terminated, took the documents between November 2009 and September 2010. The Burlingame hospital learned of the breach June 17 when a relative of the employee discovered the documents at the worker’s home and returned them to the hospital.
The reason for the removal is murky.
“We don’t believe they’ve been used for anything. We believe they just sat in a box,” said Margie O’Clair, vice president of communications for Mills-Peninsula Health Services.
The hospital reported the incident to the Burlingame police who are pursuing a criminal investigation, O’Clair said.