Confidential patient records from local dentist’s office found dumped in field

Confidential patient records from local dentist’s office found dumped in field

Hundreds of confidential patient records from a local dentist’s office were found dumped in Apple Valley.

CBS2’s David Goldstein reported that the referral forms from 1-800-DENTIST to Dr. Samuel Kim, who specializes in laser and implant dentistry, were discovered in a vacant lot behind the home of Carolyn Lindblade.

“We found the papers up against the block wall in the field over there,” Lindblade said.

The forms, which were from 2010 and 2011, included people’s names, addresses, phone numbers, and in some cases, social security numbers and birthdates.

The information for Debra and Robert Hatch was discovered in the dozens of papers, Goldstein reported.

The form included Debra’s name, the couple’s home address, phone number, cellphone number and email address. It also had Robert’s employer, social security number and birthdate.

Debra said she provided the information to Kim’s office when they inquired about insurance.

“See, when you call 1-800-DENTIST, it’s supposed to be confidential, and they hook you up so to speak with the proper dentist and come to find out this happens,” Robert said.

The duo is now concerned about identity theft, something they went through 15 years ago.

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