Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category

The Three Most Dangerous Kinds of Identity Theft

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Identity theft is awful, inconvenient, life changing and costly. But according to USA Today the three most dangerous types of identity theft are Child ID theft, Medical ID theft and Tax ID theft. Why?

Child ID theft can take years to discover. Often children will not realize they have been a victim until years later when they go to establish their own legitimate credit.
Check out this previous blog on protecting your children from ID theft. PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN’S IDENTITY

Medical ID theft can be scary since it results in your personal information landing in the wrong hands. It could potential lead to deadly medical mistakes. Make sure to review all your medical statements.

Tax ID theft is one of the easier ways for thieves to make money. Make sure to file your tax returns early in the season and shred all your information as soon as you are done with it. Check out this previous post as a reference to when you can shred your personal documents.

WHAT TO SHRED WHEN
Check out the USA Today article here

“My Medical Records Were Found Lying in the Park”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Imagine you’re walking through a parking lot and came across a pile of papers scattered on the ground. You take a look and notice they are medical records. You look closer and they are YOUR medical records, just hanging between a Buick and a Prius. How did they get there? Doesn’t your hospital shred their records? Check out this story out of Ireland. Here’s to hoping American hospitals are a bit more compliant.

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Medical Records Found in Dumpster by Florida Pharmacy

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

More medical records were dumped by a pharmacy in a dumpster in Florida. The patient’s records contained names, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers and medications. According to Florida Board of Health, medical records are not allowed to be disposed of in this way. It is suggested that records containing patient information be shredded or burned. This incident is being examined by the Florida Department of Health.

Check out the new report here.

Medical Records Found Blowing In the Wind Outside Hospital

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Medical records were found blowing in the wind outside a Kansas City hospital. The files contained the names, phone numbers, addresses, and social security numbers of former patients of the hospital. A witness described maintenance workers dumping materials into a dumpster which then began to blow around. The workers proceeded to walk away without regard for the documents.

Read the whole story here.

Medical Records Containing Personal Information Found in Dumpster

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Medical Records with patients personal information such as name, address, social security number were found in a dumpster behind a Family Dollar store in Florida. The files were did not appear to be shredded when the Family Dollar store worker found them in the dumpster. Full Article

NEVADA DENTIST CITED FOR TOSSED RECORDS

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Pahrump Valley Times – Pahrump , Nevada

November 4, 2009- Pahrump dentist Peter Doan was recently penalized by the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners for dumping confidential patient records in the desert. In addition to being placed on probation, Doan will have to attend classes on records management and pay nearly $2,000 in fines. Failure to meet any of the stipulations will result in the immediate suspension of Doan’s license to practice dentistry. Although Doan has been held accountable, as of press time he had not provided any explanation for his actions.

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Article Discusses Problem of Abandoned Records

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

An article by Deborah Gage posted on the website of the San Francisco Chronicle on July 3rd discusses the issue of abandoned records and how proposed state legislation in California would provide some guidance and protection for organizations like property managers and records storage companies who find themselves left holding the records when the owner disappears.

The proposed law is the product of a workgroup formed by the state’s California Office of Privacy Protection. NAID participated in the workgroup, and one of the key issues NAID championed was that self storage operators no longer be allowed to auction off abandoned records to the highest bidder.  This is an inadvertent but common occurrence when self storage customers—who are often businesses—go under.

The legislation would make that practice illegal as well as requiring legacy custodians—those left with the abandoned record—to properly destroy them. If the proposed legislation passes, it is likely other states will follow California ’s lead.

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