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March 31st, 2008

LabCorp Patients Medical Records Fall Off The Back Of Truck

Thousands of sensitive medical documents fell out of a truck bed and ended up scattered across the road for just about anyone to see and take. Patient records belonged to LabCorp (Laboratory Corporation of America), one of the world’s largest companies that analyzes blood work, and included medical records, lab results, and possibly billing information.

A spokesperson said a courier left the tailgate of his truck open and several boxes slid out, smashing onto Fredericksburg Road. LabCorp believes the information that scattered all over the road was old documents from 1993 and later and possibly billing information which wouldn’t include people’s Social Security numbers.

It is unclear what kind of sensitive information LabCorp collects and stores and so far LabCorp did not notify the people that were affected. LabCorp responded very quickly to the site of the incident with employees “picking up these documents in between cars, in the bushes, on their hands and knees and all of this was happening while SAPD was detouring traffic.” In an August, 2006 accident LabCorp facility break-in exposed patient data (a computer with sensitive personal information was stolen from its Prospect Plains Road sample-collection center in Monroe Township, NJ), so LabCorp (and probably their patients) are used to such incidents.

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