Why This Privacy Law is Important:
Doorstep Dispensaree has been fined £275,000 (U.S. $356,000) for the disposal of records about nursing home residents. While Marriott and British Airways have also received penalties, this is the first fine issued for failing to ensure the security of these physical patient documents.
The London based company, Doorstep Dispensaree, which supplies medicine to thousands of elderly nursing home residents, improperly retained and stored away 500,000 medical documents containing personally identifiable information (PII). The documents were found outside their offices in unsecured containers that had been exposed to the elements.
The PII included…
- Patient Names
- Birth Dates
- Medical and Prescription Information
It’s estimated that hundreds, if not thousands of individuals could have been impacted by the improper disposal of these files.
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