Good Samaritan Fined…. 1,222 Files Compromised

Oregon’s  Department of Consumer and Business Services announced today that it is fining Samaritan Health after an investigation into 1,222 patient records that were improperly disposed of.    The records included personal information about patients.Sam Health - records

Twenty of the discarded files contained patient names and unredacted Social Security numbers. Oregon law prohibits the public posting or displaying of consumer names and Social Security numbers.

As part of the final order, the agency assessed Samaritan a civil penalty of $5,000, but reduced penalty to
$1,000 as long as Samaritan complies with the Oregon law for the next five years.

The investigation stems from an incident in July of this year in which a patient found the files in an unlocked container.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services news release can be viewed at:

http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/docs/news_releases/2013/NR_Samaritan_IDtheft.pdf

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