Dec 22, 2014 5:50 PM by News Staff
The personal information of more than 600 Mercy Medical Center patients was inadvertently made available to the public, hospital officials announced Monday.
According to a news release, the hospital learned last week that physician notes containing the demographic and treatment information for approximately 620 patients became publically accessible on a third-party website.
Information disclosed includes names, medical record numbers, dates of birth, age, dates of service, diagnosis, medications, review of systems, current therapy and treatment plans. Officials say no social security numbers or financial information was released.
Those impacted received treatment at the Dignity Health Mercy Oncology Center from June through October 2014. The hospital has notified anyone whose information may have been exposed and says patients have been given recommendations on how they can protect themselves from identity theft.
The third-party website has since removed the link exposing the data, and hospital officials are working to make sure the issue doesn't happen again.
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