X-ray films that may have contained patient names, birth dates, medical records numbers, and dates of service were stolen from SwedishAmerican Hospital on May 31.
A man who misrepresented himself as a worker for the vendor hired to pick up and destroy the films has been identified as the person responsible. Police were notified and an investigation has been completed. According to SwedishAmerican, the stolen films represent less than one percent of the total images the hospital produces in a year.
Several similar incidents have occurred around the country. X-ray films are taken because they contain silver that can be extracted and then sold. The films are destroyed in the process.
The films did not contain any social security numbers, financial, or other "sensitive information", and have since probably been destroyed, so hospital representatives do not believe there is any substantial risk of identity theft or other harm. However, if any patients have any questions or concerns, a toll-free number has been set up. Patients can call 888-414-8020 and enter the reference code 7926070912 when prompted for more information.
The hospital has now revised its policies and procedures in an effort to prevent against future occurrences. Any additional updates on the case can be found at www.swedishamerican.org.
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