Patients shocked to learn about discarded records found on road - KCTV5

Patients shocked to learn about discarded records found on road

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Research Medical Center says it is now aggressively searching for answers to how medical records were found flying out of a dumpster.

Millinda Patton was one of the patients whose information was compromised. Her medical records, including her Social Security number, were found on the side of the road.

KCTV5 News reached out to her. It was as easy as entering her address on the internet after reviewing the documents.

She greeted KCTV5's Bonyen Lee at her front door shortly before she asked her if she knew about medical records that were found flying out of a trash bin.

"I read the story on Facebook, but I never imagined it was us or me," she said.

That's when Lee told her she found her address by looking at one of the records picked up off the street.

"I'm still in shock," a disbelieving Patton said.

She explained she has been visiting Midwest Women's Healthcare since her last pregnancy. She is due for a checkup Wednesday for her current pregnancy.

"I love our doctor, so I will ask questions. Right now I have no idea," she said.

Hospitals are under strict HIPPA guidelines when it comes to disposing of medical records. A hospital that violates federal law can face penalties of $50,000 per incident and up to $1.5 million in a year.

The hospital issued the following statement:

At Midwest Women's Healthcare, we take patient privacy very seriously. We continue to thoroughly investigate this issue and will take appropriate action based on our findings.

Midwest Women's Healthcare is in the process of determining which patients may have been affected and intends to notify them as soon as possible.

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