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Medical Records Found on City Street


December 3, 2010

Two city parking enforcement officers found hundreds of medical papers in a St. John's parking lot last week. The Telegram reports that the records included patients' procedure information, doctor-to-doctor correspondence, ultrasound photos and a recording device. The officers collected the documents and called the police, who returned them to the rightful owner. According to an RNC spokeswoman, the owner of the records--a physician--reported a vehicle burglary. Eastern Health was informed of the breach and began an internal investigation. "At this time, we can confirm that the majority of the documents were not the property of Eastern Health," said a spokeswoman.
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