MUNCIE, Ind. — A bag of affected person info was misplaced for a number of days and recovered at an intersection in Muncie, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has introduced.

The bag contained billing paperwork for about 1,399 sufferers, in response to the hospital, which is a part of the IU Health community. 

The bag was misplaced round Sept. 23 and IU Health discovered of it on Sept. 26, the hospital mentioned in an announcement. “It was immediately retrieved by IU Health and secured,” the hospital mentioned Friday.

The Star Press has requested IU Health for different particulars of the incident, together with the place the bag was discovered, how the information have been misplaced, who misplaced them and who discovered the information.

According to IU Health, which reported that it carried out an inner investigation to find out what info was “potentially exposed,” the entire information misplaced are “believed to have been recovered and secured.” 

“The paperwork may have contained patient names, dates of birth, physicians names, medical record numbers, diagnoses, procedures, gender and dates and times of service,” the hospital mentioned. “The papers did not contain medical records, financial information or Social Security numbers, and patients’ medical records are not affected by this incident.”

The loss and restoration of information affected some sufferers who had procedures at IU Health Ball Memorial and “surrounding facilities” between July 9, 2012 and April 25, 2017.

The hospital mentioned IU Health “has no reason to believe the information has been improperly used,” however as a precautionary measure started contacting sufferers on Friday.

Patients can attain name heart badist by calling 1-877-981-8901 9 a.m. to five p.m. Monday by means of Friday.

IU Health mentioned it’s reviewing insurance policies and procedures to forestall an identical incident sooner or later and has applied obligatory privateness and safety coaching for workers. 

This story will probably be up to date.

Keith Roysdon is the federal government watchdog reporter for The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5828 and [email protected]

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