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Fort Worth medical clinic spends $15, 000 notifying patients of theft




Fort Worth medical clinic spends $15, 000 notifying patients of theft
Fort Worth medical clinic spends $15, 000 notifying patients of theft



http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/08/06/2389717/fort-worth-medical-clinic-spends.html 

By Jan Jarvis
star-telegram.com
Aug. 06, 2010

FORT WORTH -- In June, employees at a Fort Worth allergy clinic 
discovered that the office door had been kicked in and four computers 
containing patients' personal information including Social Security 
numbers and birth dates had been stolen.

This week Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates spent $15,000 mailing 
letters notifying the clinic's 25,000 patients of the burglary. The 
stolen computer database also contained patient's addresses and 
diagnoses, Dr. Robert Rogers said.

"In terms of sensitive clinical information that could be taken, we're 
an allergy clinic so I don't think there was anything embarrassing 
taken," he said. "It's bad enough that they did get identity information 
like Social Security numbers."

Since September, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 
has required that a data breach involving unsecured protected health 
information of more than 500 people must be reported to the federal 
government. Anyone who is affected and major news outlets must be 
informed of the data breach.

"The cost of doing the mailing is more than cost of replacing the 
equipment," Rogers said.

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