Southwest General notifies patients of privacy breach

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Southwest General Health Center is notifying over 480 patients who were part of an obstetrics study that a binder containing their private information is missing, according to local news report.

The binder which has been missing since December 5 contains information gathered between April and October 2013.

It includes patient names, date of birth, medical record numbers and clinical information.  Southwest General said no Social Security numbers and financial information were involved in this privacy breach.

The hospital tried to find the missing binder.  However, they are not able to locate it.

They also apologized to its patients and said they have implemented some procedures to prevent this type of incident from reoccurring in future.
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