Obstetrics Department HIPAA Notice

Lake Health Investigating Missing OB Records

CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio, August 11, 2017 – The obstetrics (OB) department at Lake Health’s TriPoint Medical Center recently suffered a breach of approximately 750 OB patients’ protected health information. No Social Security numbers or patient financial information was compromised.

On or around June 16, 2017, a log book maintained with limited but protected patient health information for Lake Health’s OB patients went missing. The same day, Lake Health representatives launched an internal investigation. The missing OB log book contained information about deliveries. The Ohio Department of Health requires all obstetrics departments to keep a delivery log book. Further, Lake Health maintains secure digital copies of the log book.

We deeply regret this has occurred. It is important to emphasize that no patient financial information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card information or insurance information, was lost. However, as a precaution, we are providing a free identity protection program for patients affected by this incident and will be sending them enrollment information.

We completed a thorough investigation and a risk assessment to ensure the security and privacy of patients’ health information. Further, Lake Health has retrained employees in its OB department, updated its policies and procedures, and converted log books to a secure electronic format.

The privacy and security of our patients’ personal information is of the utmost importance to Lake Health. Our health system is committed to ensuring that privacy and security. We have rigorous processes and procedures in place to detect breaches of patients’ rights and to protect patients in the event of a breach.

Anyone with questions about this incident can contact Lake Health’s Privacy Officer at 866-991-0557 to obtain more information.

Lake Health is required by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (a.k.a. HIPAA) to provide local media outlets this notice. Lake Health is also notifying each individual affected by this incident by U.S. mail.