UAMS notifies patients of medical records breach
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is notifying about 1,500 patients of a medical records breach involving a resident physician who was terminated in 2010.
UAMS recently discovered that the former resident doctor kept some patient lists and notes regarding patients in violation of UAMS policy after leaving UAMS on June 3, 2010. The documents this resident kept were from January 2010 to June 2010 and contained patient names, partial addresses, medical record numbers, dates of birth, ages, locations of care, dates of service, diagnoses, medications, surgical and other procedure names, and lab results.
No social security, bank account, or credit card numbers were included with this information.
In a news release sent to KATV, UAMS says it is notifying affected patients by mail and through its website.
The UAMS HIPAA Office became aware of this incident Oct. 9, 2012, when the resident produced the documents during her lawsuit against UAMS regarding her termination from a residency program.
On Nov. 7, UAMS became aware that additional documents the resident kept had been provided to UAMS attorneys June 25, 2012.
Patients who believe their information may have been included and have questions may visit www.uamshealth.com/breach or call a toll-free hotline at 888-729-2755.