Bangor physician fined for failing to safeguard confidential records

Posted Nov. 14, 2013, at 3:07 p.m.

A Bangor physician who failed to safeguard the confidentiality of patient medical records was fined $1,000 by the Maine Board of Licensure, according to a Wednesday press release.

“The Board received information from a storage facility in New Hampshire that Dr. [Charles] Smith was delinquent in paying his storage fees and that the facility was taking measures to repossess the unit,” the press release states. “According to the storage facility, the unit contained patient medical records.”

Smith admitted he was aware he needed to make timely and sufficient payments, and that he failed to pay the storage fees by the date necessary to continue to securely store the records. Smith has paid the fees and made arrangements to avoid further incidents, according to the consent agreement signed Nov. 12.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine is made up of six physicians and three members of the public appointed by the governor. For information, visit maine.gov/md

 

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