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Indiana AG to Store Abandoned Medical Records

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WTHR Channel 13 – Indianapolis, Indiana

July 01, 2010- On Thursday, July 1st, Indianans gained some protection from identity thieves when the Indiana Attorney General's office received the authority to store abandoned medical records.

"We noticed that when doctors offices and clinics closed there were still these huge resources, banker boxes and file cabinets full of medical records with very sensitive information and before there was no statute about what to do with that. So when people would call and say what do we do with these records, we really didn't have a good answer," Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General.

Now the answer is a huge warehouse that the Attorney General’s office oversees and secures to make sure this sensitive information doesn't end up in a dumpster or in the wrong hands. The AG says this law will really come into play as more and more companies transition from a paper file system to an electronic one.

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