Dr. David Brown of St Louis learned a hard lesson about HIPAA this week.
Instead of shredding his old patient files he left them in the dumpster behind his office. They were then discovered and the local media was notified.
He admitted the error and said it wouldn’t happen again.
Based on the reviews it was an honest mistake but it is the older files that pose the greatest risk. That is because your insurance number was your SSN historically. So undoubtedly every page had the patients SSN.
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