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Patient info removed from public NC database

Posted November 8, 2013

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— State officials said Friday that patient payment information has been removed from a searchable database open to public inspection, where it had inadvertently been posted for several years.

The NC OpenBook website was created by former Gov. Beverly Perdue in 2009 to increase transparency of payments made through the state's accounting system. Officials in Gov. Pat McCrory's administration said they recently discovered that information regarding payments made from state hospital accounts had been posted on NC OpenBook, including payments made on behalf of clients or to clients.

The information listed on NC OpenBook included the person's name, address, date of payment, dollar amount paid and the name of the facility that made the payment. No account numbers or other identifying information was released, officials said.

The state Department of Health and Human Services has sent letters to all patients whose payments were included in the database to explain the situation and provide information about protecting themselves from identity theft. Officials said they aren't aware of any misuse of the information from the database.

DHHS, the Office of State Budget and Management and the Office of the State Controller have changed their procedures to ensure similar information isn't posted online again, officials said.

Anyone with questions can call DHHS at 1-800-662-7030.

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  • 42 Nov 12, 10:12 a.m.

    Wake up 42, do you want your private medical records open on the web to every Tom, Dick, or Harry?

    No.

    But I don't want McCrory using this as an excuse to hide contract and salary info so he can hire more overpaid under qualified yes-man.

  • lwe1967 Nov 11, 7:38 p.m.

    You better wake up. As soon as it was on the web, it went to 1000 other places at least. Once it is on the web, you are done for!

  • lwe1967 Nov 10, 6:34 a.m.

    Wake up 42, do you want your private medical records open on the web to every Tom, Dick, or Harry? This is a good thing. No one should have their medical records for people to get at on the web.

  • 42 Nov 8, 1:24 p.m.

    Watch McCrory use this as an excuse to pull all public databases. First one gone will be the salary database that shows his overpaid under qualified cronies.