DHHS to notify individuals about information release

Posted by John Frank on November 8, 2013 

The state Department of Health and Human Services is notifying about 1,300 individuals about an “inadvertent” disclosure of personal information.

According to an announcement Friday, payments made to patients of the state hospital system appeared on a searchable website called NC OpenBook that shows state spending on grants and contracts. It was discovered about three months ago when an individual found her name on the website and raised questions.

The McCrory administration says it took “immediate action” to remove the information, which included names and addresses. No account numbers or other identifying information was released, DHHS said.

The state said it is “unaware of any access, use or misuse of the information” but is required to disclose what happened. A letter is going to affected individuals and a call center is taking questions at 1-800-662-7030.

NC OpenBook was created in 2009 by Gov. Bev Perdue to make government spending more transparent.

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