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Patient campaign releases about 700 patient email addresses

Information on 700 patients was inadvertently released by Rutland Regional Medical Center as a result of an email campaign.

The hospital emailed a survey to discharged patients as part of an effort to improve discharge processes. However, each email included all 700 patient email addresses clearly visible.

That could be considered a breach of protected health information, but a hospital spokesperson speaking with the Free Press reporter declined to say whether the hospital considers the incident to be a breach under HIPAA rules. The spokesperson did not respond to a request from Health Data Management for comment.SourceMedia

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