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Medical Records Left in Abandoned Clinic

DATA LOSS—VICTORIA

August 20, 2011

The medical files of thousands of children were left behind in a Melbourne clinic that went out of business approximately three years ago, the Herald Sun reports. The records contain names, birth dates, addresses and medication details of patients needing treatment for dyslexia and hyperactivity, and, the report states, anyone could have accessed them after the clinic closed. Saying she was "horrified," Victorian Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson added that she will begin an investigation into the incident and ensure the files will be protected. "Whenever a health organisation holds health information," Wilson said, "the owners are obliged to comply with the health services commissioner's guidelines on the safe storage and handling of people's private health records."   
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