I went to my doctor and asked for a copy of my health record. When I arrived home I noticed I had another patients medical record. The record shows her name, address, telephone number, diagnosis and much more. Would it be wise to call this person and alert her to the fact the physicians group has provided me with her medical information? She is a workman compensation case according to what I have read.
If you desire, you can contact the woman and let her know what happened, and/or simply return the record to the doctor’s office. Additionally, you can report the incident to a local or state health care patient privacy agency to inform them about the breach in privacy. Most states have laws that forbid medical professionals from disclosing individual’s health care information to unauthorized parties.