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UAMS advises patients of medical records breach

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says medical records involving about 1,500 patients have been improperly disclosed, but no financial records were released.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says medical records involving about 1,500 patients have been improperly disclosed, but no financial records were released.

The medical school in Little Rock said Monday the breach occurred in 2010 and involved documents were given to a lawyer by a resident physician who was terminated.

UAMS says the former resident kept some patient lists and notes after leaving UAMS. The information included patient names, ages and treatment-related data.

Patients are being notified by UAMS. The school says it became aware of the breach in October during a lawsuit filed by the resident. UAMS says a court order now prevents the records from being used or disclosed.

In April, the university disclosed that data from 7,000 patients had been disclosed in a separate breach.

 

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