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Patient records accessed after county clinic burglary
ADELANTO • Medical records at the Westside Park Elementary School Based Health Center may have been accessed when the county clinic was burglarized, San Bernardino County officials said Tuesday.
Staff at the clinic in the 18200 block of Casaba Road discovered the burglary on Oct. 1. In addition to damages to the building, office equipment and filing cabinets, a locked room storing the clinic’s medical records was broken into. Police responded to the scene and filed a report.
Medical records contain patient names, telephone numbers, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, health conditions, medications and other health information.
None of the 1,370 paper records appeared to have been stolen, according to Ken Johnston, division chief of the program integrity and development at the Department of Public Health. While items such as a television were stolen, it doesn’t seem like the burglars were interested in obtaining medical records, he said.
No computer equipment containing private information was accessed or stolen, according to the county.
“We sincerely regret that this situation occurred,” Meaghan Ellis, chief of community health services and health center director, stated in a release. “There has been no indication that personal or protected health information has been used by unauthorized individuals.”
The county is now posting a security guard at the site during the hours that the Adelanto clinic is closed, including nights and weekends, Johnston said.
“We are working in conjunction with the school to secure the site,” he said.
Anyone suspecting or concerned about fraudulent use of personal information can contact one of the following credit bureaus to request a credit report or to establish credit monitoring: Equifax (800) 525-6285, Experian (888) 397-3742 or TransUnion (800) 680-7289.
For more information regarding the burglary, contact the Department of Public Health at (888) 589-0010.
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