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Questions Surround Houston Breach

Questions Surround Houston Breach

10/12/2018 9:56:22 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 16
Paperwork containing PHI from approximately 1800 patients has been discovered abandoned in a Houston street by an employee of TV station KBOU.

HIPAA Journal reports that the paperwork contained information such as patients’ names, birth dates, diagnoses, treatment information, medications, vital signs, and admission dates.

KBOU investigated the breach and found that the paperwork related to patients from five Houston hospitals.  The records were apparently stolen from the locked trunk of a vehicle belonging of a medical resident who, while studying at UT Health’s McGovern Medical School, had worked at the hospitals. The records were stolen from his vehicle in July.
 
Officials at UT Health confirmed to KBOU that they are aware of the breach. Reporters spoke to the medical graduate and confirmed that the incident had not been reported to the police until after he had been contacted by KBOU reporters.
 
Authorities are unsure why the records were removed from the hospitals in the first place and why the theft was not reported to law enforcement. The incident has been reported to the Office for Civil Rights, but the breach summary indicates that only 500 patients have been affected, far less than the number of records actually found.

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