The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced today that a resident suing the hospital was in possession of confidential medical records of about 1,500 patients.
UAMS learned of the documents in October during the discovery process in preparing for Nasrin Fatemi’s suit in federal court against UAMS for unlawful termination. She was fired in June 2010 after working at UAMS for six months. UAMS learned of more records Nov. 7. The hospital administration says the records are now sealed.
The records — which spokesperson Leslie Taylor said including patient notes and OR schedules that should not have been removed from the hospital premises — do not contain Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card information. They do include patient names, partial addresses, medical record numbers, dates of birth, ages, locations of care, dates of service, diagnoses, medications, surgical and other procedure information and lab results. Fatemi has sworn under oath that she has shown the records to no one except her lawyers.
Federal Judge D.P. Marshall Jr. signed in January 2011 a protective order sealing medical records previously produced in the case.
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