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Document Disposal Company Responsible for old Patient Records found in Park

From the Legal Health Information Exchange:

Over 277,000 patients were notified by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth ("Texas Health Fort Worth") earlier this month of a breach of their health information.  Only patients seen between 1980 and 1990 whose records were maintained on microfiche are affected or potentially affected by the breach.

Texas Health Fort Worth's business associate, document destruction company Shred-It, was contracted to dispose of the old microfiche records. As reported by the
Star-Telegram, because the microfiche could not be destroyed on-site, Shred-It was to transfer them to another facility for destruction.

Somehow "lost" or misdirected during transit, the records found themselves in a park where a concerned citizen found them and contacted the Dallas police.


Star-Telegram
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