October 24, 2013

Brunswick hospital mistakenly sends man woman’s medical records

The Woolwich man says he asked Mid Coast Hospital for his records because he never got a bill for procedures received more than a year ago.

The Associated Press

WOOLWICH — A Maine hospital is apologizing for sending a Woolwich man the wrong medical records, including another patient’s name, date of birth and Social Security number.

Don Adams says he asked Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick for his records because he never received a bill for procedures received more than a year ago.

Adams, a diabetic, tells The Times Record he called numerous times, every time being assured that the information was in the mail.

When he finally got the information in September, he noticed procedures he had never received. Then he realized he had received a woman’s records.

Adams says a more unscrupulous person could have used the information to steal the woman’s identity.

The hospital called the mistake “human error” and is working to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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