Because of the number of patients involved, we won’t see this on HHS’s breach tool, but it serves as a useful reminder that the risk of ID theft is everywhere, still:
A dermatologist at 755 Boardman Canfield Road told police someone forced open a box that holds lab specimens outside the rear door of his office.
The burglary happened sometime between 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Monday.
The doctor told police the box held skin specimens.
He checked and discovered the lab did pick up the specimens at 7 p.m. Friday, but he is concerned because patients’ personal information, such as dates of birth and Social Security numbers, are in the boxes with specimens. He told police there is a risk for identity theft.
If the lab picked up the specimens at 7 pm Friday, was the paperwork there at the time, and if so, didn’t they take it?
I don’t quite understand this report in terms of why the doctor fears the information was stolen.