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MEDICAL RECORDS BREACHED FROM CITY OF DETROIT

12/15/2009
Detroit News

The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion and the Detroit Police Department are investigating two recent thefts involving medical records from programs within the Health Department.

The first incident occurred in late October with the theft of a flash drive from an employee’s vehicle. The drive contained files that included birth certificate information for residents in the 48202 and 48205 zip codes for 2008 and the first half of 2009.
The files contained important information such as mother’s health conditions and names, father’s names, addresses, Medicaid numbers and Social Security numbers.

The second incident occurred during the Thanksgiving break at the Herman Kiefer Health Complex. Five computers were stolen from the immunization program with one desktop PC containing Medicare and Medicaid seasonal flu billing information for 2008.

At this time suspects have not been apprehended nor has the flash drive or computers been retrieved. Health Department officials have sent letters to individuals potentially affected by the breach so they may take immediate action.

Disclosure of this personal information could result in illegal and unauthorized use such as identity theft to the individuals on record.

The Health Department is encouraging individuals who received a letter concerning these two incidents to call 877-737-4780 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.