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Patient Data Found in Hospital Parking Lot

DATA LOSS

February 18, 2011

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has required St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital to investigate how a schedule containing patients' personal information was found in the hospital parking lot. A London Free Press report states that the form included 97 patients' names, addresses and reasons for visiting the hospital and OHIP numbers for at least 15 of them. The hospital has sent letters to all those affected apologizing and telling patients how to check if their OHIP numbers have been used inappropriately. According to the report, the hospital does not believe there was any malicious intent in removing the document from the building and will be handling this information electronically from now on.
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