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Monday, December 22 2014 @ 03:26 AM EST

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING A POTENTIAL PRIVACY ISSUE INVOLVING

PATIENTS OF TRIBECA MEDICAL CENTER.

We are providing this notice as part of Tribeca Medical Center’s commitment to patient privacy. We take patient privacy very seriously, and it is important to us that you are made fully aware of a potential privacy issue.  We regret to inform you that on October 21, 2014, Tribeca Medical Center discovered a potential breach of protected health information. We are notifying individuals so you can take swift personal action which, along with our efforts, may help to reduce or eliminate potential future risk.

The incident involving protected health information was a theft of medical records stored in a custom built, double-locked storage facility in Jersey City, NJ.  On October 21, 2014 we learned that on or about that date, unknown individuals broke into the secured storage facility by cutting door latches and taking boxes containing medical records containing protected health information.

The facility primarily contained records of patients who had not been seen in our office for three consecutive years or thereabouts, between approximately 1982 and 2009, and were considered inactive.  The records of most patients who were seen in the office from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2013 are stored at a different facility.  However, it is possible that a small number of active patients seen by the practice seen since 2010 may be affected by this incident.

Some of the medical records which were stolen contained protected health information including, but not necessarily limited to:  patient names, addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, gender designation, insurance information, billing information, medical diagnoses, treatment records, laboratory and test results, and pharmacy/medication records.

This theft was immediately reported to the Jersey City Police Department.  The Police Department responded to the scene, dusted for fingerprints and opened an investigation.  Tribeca Medical Center will continue to work with the Police Department to assist them in any way possible with their investigation.  To date, the information has not been recovered.  There are no longer any records stored at this facility. 

If you have any questions, or need additional information, you may contact Tribeca Medical Center by toll-free telephone at 1-800-619-2738, through our website, www.tribecamedical.com, or via email at inquiries@tribecamedical.com  

We are not aware of any indication that any unauthorized individual has used the information.  Nevertheless, it is recommended that you immediately take the following steps to protect yourself from potential harm resulting from this event:

 

  • Monitor financial and personal account statements, explanations of benefits, and credit bureau reports closely.   
  • Register a fraud alert with, and order credit reports from, the three credit bureaus:
  • Every year, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus.  For more information, visit  www.annualcreditreport.com
  • New York residents may obtain more information about protecting yourself from identity theft from the New York Division of Consumer Protection at 1-800-697-1220 or www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/ 
  • New Jersey residents may obtain more information about protecting yourself from identity theft from the New Jersey Office of Consumer Protection at 1-800-242-5846 or at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern this incident has caused you. Your information privacy is very important to us and we will continue to do everything possible to correct the situation and ensure appropriate measures are being taken to protect your privacy in the future.

 

 

TRIBECA MEDICAL CENTER

 

 

 

 

                                                  

 

                                             Nisar A. Quraishi, M.D., F.A.C.P

                                                            Specialist in Internal MedicineDr. Nisar Quraishi

 

                       Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine                        

                        NYU School of Medicine



 

Dr. Nisar A. Quraishi has been practicing Internal Medicine in the Tribeca section of Manhattan since 1976.

He has a traditional private practice of medicine specializing in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Nisar Quraishi received his medical degree from the University of Dacca, Pakistan in 1969.

Dr. Quraishi is a member of New York County Medical Society and New York State Medical Society.

Dr. Quraishi has taught medical students and held Faculty appiontment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York 

Medical College for over 15 years. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine.  

He is elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American Society of Internal Medicine.

He is a life member of the Association of Physicians of  Pakistani-descent of North America.

He is a member of the American Medical Association. He participates in many HMO plans as well as private insurances.

Dr. Quraishi is also appointed Civil Surgeon for United States Department of Homeland Security,

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.