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UAMS warns patients of privacy breach

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published November 26, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.

— UAMS is notifying about 1,500 patients that a former resident doctor who was fired in 2010 improperly kept medical records containing some personal information.

The hospital said in a statement that the doctor violated policy when she kept documents containing information including patient names, partial addresses, medical record numbers, dates of birth, diagnoses, medications and laboratory results. The documents were from January through June 2010.

"UAMS is notifying affected patients by mail and through its website," the hospital said in a statement. "UAMS takes the privacy and security of its patients’ health information very seriously."

The hospital learned of the documents last month when the former resident produced them in a pending lawsuit against UAMS over her termination, officials said.

The documents are now protected by a court order and the resident "assured UAMS under oath that she did not share the documents with anyone except her attorneys," the statement said.

Patients concerned about the breach can visit www.uamshealth.com/breach or call (888) 729-2755.

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NoUserName says... November 26, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.

Interesting that ADG does not name the resident. I was able to find it elsewhere. I would also hazard a guess this doesn't help her case against UAMS. After all, I would expect this type of violation - which is now readily admitted - could itself be grounds for termination. Oops.

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