WellCare Health Plans discloses data difficulties

WellCare Health Plans Inc. has blamed human error for the disclosure on the Internet of some data for its Medicaid members in Georgia.The data included personal identifying information for some members of Georgia Families, WellCare said in a release. The files included information such as members’ names, birth dates, dates of eligibility, member ID...

New Player in Personal DNA Profiling Emphasizes Privacy

Jacob Goldstein writes in The Wall Street Journal Health Blog: Another company is jumping into the growing world of direct-to-consumer DNA testing today. For $2,500, Navigenics will tell you your genetic risk for 18 different diseases — at least according to the best available genetic studies. Another $250 a year gets you an ongoing...

Gaps In Hospital Security Policies Put Patient Data At Risk

From Kroll’s press release: Best practices in data security cannot be achieved by employee training alone. Organizations must make data security a part of their DNA, reflected in every aspect of business operations. The healthcare industry’s focus on medical privacy and compliance has fostered a lack of awareness around the frequency, cause and seriousness...