By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Two unnamed dental patients
from the Nashville area inadvertently had personal health information
posted on the web site of a Minnesota testing company for some 18
In a legal notice published last week in a Nashville based
newspaper, OralDNA Labs/Access Genetics disclosed that the names of the
two patients, the names of their dentists and the tests performed were
posted on the internet.
Curt Tokach, chief financial officer for
the company, said that the patient data was posted inadvertently in a
screen shot on a Frequently Asked Questions page on the company web
He said the legal notice was published because the company no longer had current contact information for the two patients.
He stressed that no test results or other personal data, such as social security numbers, were disclosed.
discovery of the breach," the legal notice states, "we immediately
removed the PHI (protected health information) to protect the patients
from any further unauthorized access."
According to the notice the two patients underwent periodontal testing between Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 15, 2013.
The data was "available for viewing" on the company website from Nov. 15, 2013 to May 26, 2015 when it was discovered.
Calling the incident unfortunate, Tokach stressed that only the two patients' data was disclosed.