HK: Lost flash drive with patient data wasn’t password-protected

Adele Wong of The Standard reports that the Hospital Authority has been urged to improve security to avoid further losses of patients’ records following another incident involving a lost flash drive with unencrypted data. In this most recent incident, a physician from the obstetrics and gynecology department at United Christian Hospital misplaced a USB...

Lessons not yet learned

For those readers who do not regularly read the companion breach site, DataBreaches.net, there have been five healthcare-related breaches reported in the past seven days.  Two of the reports involved paper records and improper disposal.  The other three incidents involved theft from business associates or third parties.   In all three of the theft cases,...

Google Health Accused of Inaccuracy in Electronic Medical Records

Nicholas Kolakowski reports: Google Health, Google’s healthcare IT solution, has been called to task by physicians who say the billing information it uses for some patients’ electronic medical records can give an inaccurate picture of their health condition. Since rolling out in Feb. 2008, Google Health has been aligned to compete against Microsoft’s healthcare...

NC: Moses Cone Memorial Hospital patient data stolen from vendor

In what appears to be the third incident in the past week involving patient data and a third-party breach, personal information of more than 14,000 Moses Cone Health System patients was on a laptop stolen from VHA in Georgia. According to VHA’s web site, they serve 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute...