“This was a locked dumpster on private property,” Pilate said. “They (Operation Rescue) have in their possession stolen property.”
Pilate said the papers were “scrap” that the clinic has a legal right to dispose of in a landfill.
“Never to be seen again,” she said. “They can’t even find dead bodies in a landfill.”
Doesn’t matter if you call it scrap, anything with personal protected health information (sonograms, log sheets with patient names and gestation age, photo copies of driver license used to identify a patient during their visit to the clinic, KBI evidence boxes with patient names) is protected health information under HIPAA.
Operation Rescue said that boxes of documents were delivered to it by a confidential informant and that they include information about 86 women and minors who were treated in April of this year at Central Family Medicine, also known as Aid for Women, 720 Central Ave.
The clinic said Wednesday that a locked trash bin on its property was broken into last week but that there were no improperly discarded records and that patients need not worry.
Attorney Cheryl Pilate, who represents the clinic, said a report was filed with Kansas City, Kan., police and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Pilate said the clinic also has surveillance tapes of the break-in and will seek criminal prosecution.
Eighty-six HIPAA complaints should be filed. Doesn’t matter if this was information from a dentist or podiatrist office. It should have all been shredded before it hit a wastebasket. A trash worker could have picked that stuff out and used that one lady’s information from the photocopy of her driver license FGS.
And Operation rescrewyou whatever should never ever have put that stuff online.
Here’s Standford University’s Policy & Guidelines about HIPAA PHI and trash bins.
Promptly shred documents containing PHI that are no longer needed. Do not place documents containing PHI in trash bins