Call Collett: Patients’ health records stolen from gas station

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The records of more than 100 Roper Hospital patients have been stolen. The hospital and police have been working to recover the records for nearly a month. Patients will soon be notified.

According to a North Charleston police report, a 21-year-old woman employed by a courier service stopped at the Circle K gas station off Ashley Phosphate Road just before 11 p.m. on July third. She told police when she went into the store to pay, she left her car running and unlocked.   When she came out, she reported seeing a man driving her car away.

The medical records were in a locked suitcase in the car, according to Andy Lyons, the Director of Corporate Communications for the hospital system.   The records belong to 133 patients of Lowcountry Hematology and Oncology treated between June 11 and July 3.

The hospital spokesman wouldn’t answer questions on camera.

“No financial information was in the documents, and there is no evidence any information in the locked suitcase has been improperly used or accessed,” according to a statement to News 2.

The hospital has also requested the courier service to “immediately increase training and security protocols,” according to Lyons.

The hospital will notify the 133 affected patients.  They are offering a year of free credit monitoring and insurance fraud protection.

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