Congress probes stolen laptop with 2,500 heart patients' names

Lawmakers are questioning why the government waited almost a month to warn 2,500 patients enrolled in a National Institutes of Health study that some of their medical records were in a stolen laptop computer.The laptop was stolen from the locked trunk of a researcher’s car on Feb. 23, but the NIH didn’t send letters...

Can you keep a medical secret?

Daniel Lee has a thought-provoking piece in the Indianapolis Star: Does a doctor treating you for a broken leg need to know you had an abortion 20 years ago? Should your dentist have access to information about your visit to a psychiatrist? Such questions are moving center stage as patients’ medical records increasingly are...

Keep an eye on your medical ID

Michelle Andrews of U.S. News and World Report writes: If identity thieves were to disregard your financial accounts and instead target your medical information, your first thought might well be, “Take my medical identity. Please.” What nut would want your high cholesterol, trick knee and family history of Alzheimer’s? The answer is simple: One...