10 Ways to Lose Your Medical Records

By Jordan Robertson - 2012-05-21T21:01:31Z

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Medical providers have inadvertently posted private health data to their public websites. A recent example was Phoenix Cardiac Surgery in Arizona, which was accused of posting surgical appointments on a publicly accessible Internet calendar. The company paid $100,000 in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and agreed to change its policies concerning patient data.

In another incident, a contractor for Stanford Hospital sent a spreadsheet containing information on 20,0000 emergency room patients to a job candidate as part of a skills test. The job seeker then posted the data on a website, asking for help with the test, according to the New York Times. The hospital severed its relationship with the contractor.

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