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HIPAA Breach Substitute Notice for Missing Research Records

A filing cabinet missing from the University Of Mississippi Medical Center School Of Nursing has prompted UMMC officials to issue a notice of breach of protected health and personal information.

Federal and state law require health-care institutions to notify patients potentially affected by such incidents. In this case, due to insufficient contact information for those who may be affected, individual notifications are not possible. 

On June 29, 2020, UMMC was notified a filing cabinet, which may have contained research study records was potentially missing. The School of Nursing Office of Research and Scholarship used the filing cabinet for storing closed study records awaiting disposal. It was determined that on January 29, 2020, the filing cabinet was disposed of and may have contained the research study records.

The research study records potentially included participant name, parent/legal representative name, date of birth, age, gender, race, date of consent/assent/permission, mother’s education level, height, weight, and other research information. The studies are listed below.

Study Title: A Built Environmental Intervention and a Combination Built Environmental and Cognitive/Behavioral Intervention to Increase Individual Physical Activity in 3 to 5 Year Old Children, 12-2-2013, Principal Investigator: Jennifer C. Robinson, PhD, RN

Study Title: Attitudes about Weight, 2/3/14, Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Robinson

Individuals who believe they may be affected or have general questions about this occurrence can contact UMMC using the information below. UMMC representatives will do all they can to assist concerned individuals in working through this process.

  • Call: 855-241-2575;
  • Email to:  HIPAAPRIVACY@umc.edu ; or
  • Write to: University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N State Street,  Attn: Office of Integrity and Compliance, Jackson, MS 39216