Austin OBGYN says patient information may be compromised after break-in

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local OBGYN clinic is warning patients their personal information may have been compromised during a break-in.

The HIPAA privacy officer for “Austin Area OBGYN” says someone broke into the office on the 12200 block of Rendert Way on March 13. She says surveillance video shows a woman taking some small items, including medical supplies, equipment and clothing.

Surveillance video also shows the woman in the imaging area where more than 900 patient radiology files are kept.

AA OBGYN says while there’s no indication that any patient information was accessed, it is possible.

The files contain names, limited medical history, phone numbers and in some cases social security numbers.

“Given that AA Obgyn cannot rule out the possibility of improper access to patients’ individually identifiable information, AA Obgyn has provided the patients with potentially compromised records individual notice by letter,” the office wrote in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, AA Ogbyn has recommended to those patients that they remain vigilant by reviewing their financial account statements and credit reports closely.”

Austin police say no suspect has been arrested at this time.
 

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