Medical center unintentional release of protected information

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On March 26, 2015, Keesler Medical Center determined there was an unintentional release of protected information at the genetics clinic.

“The patient information was not shredded as required, but instead made its way into the regular trash to be disposed of in a landfill,” said Col. (Dr.) Thomas Harrell, 81st Medical Group commander.

The genetics center served 1,146 patients during the previous two-week period. Since there is no method to identify the specific patients who may be affected, all are being notified individually as a precaution.

“The processes that led to this loss of information were immediately stopped,” the colonel stressed. “All personnel involved have received remedial training on the treatment of protected information, and new methods that conform to existing guidance to safeguard protected information have already been imposed.”

The colonel said, “The Keesler Medical Center provides effective, safe medical care every day. In addition, we recognize the importance of protecting the personal and medical information of our patients in the delivery of that care. We enjoy the sacred trust of our patients
to allow us to care for them. That trust must extend to our handling of their personal details as well.”

Beneficiaries with questions or concerns should contact Michael Howell, 228-376-3144, or Master Sgt. Leonardo Garza, 228-376-3144,; or mail to: 81 MDSS/SGST, 301 Fisher Street, Keesler AFB, MS 39534.

Media members should contact the 81st Training Wing Public Affairs office directly at (228) 377-2783 or for more information.