Stolen logbook compromises 1,000 patients' data from Carondelet

The protected health information of more than 1,000 patients who visited Carondelet St. Mary's and Carondelet St. Joseph's emergency rooms, both in Tucson, Ariz., has been compromised after a logbook was stolen from a physician's car, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

The logbook contained patient names, birth dates, age, gender, hospital name, date of hospital visit and medical record number. Some records may have included a description of the patient's medical issue, according to the report. The logbook contained patient visits that occurred between Oct. 14, 2015 and March 25.

The logbook belonged to a physician with Emergency Medicine Associates, a physician group that helps staff the two Carondelet ERs, according to the report. Lori Levine, DO, chief compliance officer for Emergency Medicine Associates, said in the report EMA is reviewing and revising its policies regarding logbooks and is providing additional training to physicians to avoid similar occurrences in the future.

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