Medical Records Offered to Media for $68K

PHI worries aren’t unique to the United States. A Swiss helicopter transport firm is being investigated for the threatened release of automobile racing great Michael Schumacher’s medical records. BBC News reports the records were offered to media for 50,000 Euros, or $68,000.
Schumacher, a retired Formula 1 driver, received a head injury in a skiing accident in France last year. Recently awakened from a medically induced coma, he was transferred to a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. As doctors considered the best transport, they forwarded medical records to a helicopter transport firm in Zurich. Schumacher was ultimately transported by ground.
Investigators traced the offer to sell the records to the IP address of the firm. Criminal charges may be filed if the records are purchased.

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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, is a seasoned healthcare writer and editor. He directed publishing at AAPC for nearly 12 years and worked at Ingenix for 13 years and Aetna Health Plans prior to that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

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