What’s That Blowing in the Wind? The Answer is Medical Records…

Jamie Scott

Where is one place you should never find private medical records? Dylan was right – the answer is blowing in the wind. But that is exactly what a man found while driving down a Kansas City street. When the man traced the flying records back to their source, he found a crew dumping the records into an open dumpster at Research Hospital and collected up about 70 of the records from the street. Surely this good Samaritan walked straight into the hospital to inform them of the problem. Nope, he went straight to the local NBC news affiliate. Here is their report with video.

I know HIPAA privacy is onerous, but it’s hard to imagine a reasonable explanation for this situation. I am certain HHS is looking forward to receiving the breach notification to see what it is.