Health Information Breach

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Saint Thomas Health has notified 2,859 patients about a breach of patient health information that was discovered in April.

The investigation revealed the hospital documents, which did not contain social security numbers or patient medical records, were found along a remote and rural road in DeKalb County. The documents contained the patient's name, date of birth, admitting diagnosis, account number and physician's name. The reports reflected a small sample of patient census reports or logs during 2009-2010.

As of now, the investigation has not revealed who may be responsible for getting the documents and then dumping them.

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Saint Thomas Health and Ascension Corporate Responsibility Officer Cynthia Figaro said, "Once we were made aware of this breach, we immediately investigated the incident to ensure that no further disclosures were made. Based on our investigation, we do not believe that there is a financial risk to our patients."

Saint Thomas Health has contracted with a vendor that will ensure that all storage files are properly secured and accounted for until destruction. There is a toll-free number to call, if any patients have questions regarding this incident: 1-844-310-2955.

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