The Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst, N.Y., experienced a breach of protected health information on May 13 and issued a public notice on May 14, as well as reporting the event to the HHS Office for Civil Rights. It soon will notify approximately 10,000 affected patients and their referring physicians. A clerical error occurred on the 13th in which a list of patients was inadvertently attached to an e-mail sent to 200 patients. Following is the practice’s May 14 notice of the breach:

“The Dent Neurologic Institute (DNI) today disclosed that a clerical error yesterday (May 13, 2013) afternoon resulted in the accidental e-mail distribution of a list containing names and non-clinical information to approximately 200 Dent patients. The list did not contain any medical diagnoses, social security numbers, financial information, date of birth or contact phone numbers.  This list is solely used for the purpose of practice updates and educational events and to inform patients and referring physicians.

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