An Edina hospital is notifying about 1,200 patients that it lost a box containing their medical records and insurance information. Fairview-Southdale says the records concern patients who were admitted to the hospital between April 2010 and February 18, 2011.
Fairview's Information Privacy Director Lois Dahl says the records did NOT contain social security numbers but did contain other identifying information.
"There was the patient's name and their date of birth and their insurance member ID and group number. So it was enough information that we felt that the patient needed to be aware of that so they could monitor whether or not their information is being misused," Dahl said.
Dahl says the records were lost after one of its corporate offices moved to a different location in Minneapolis.
"We're very concerned about this. Obviously it's frustrating and concerning when our patients are put at risk so we're just wanting to do what's right with our patients," the privacy director added.
Fairview is offering the affected patients a free year of identity theft monitoring in case the information is misused. Dahl says the records were lost after one of its corporate offices moved to a different location in Minneapolis.