Health Data

PA: ID thief sentenced to county prison

Michael P. Rellahan writes on DailyLocal.com: A Chester County judge on Tuesday “reluctantly” agreed to sentence a former Chester County Hospital employee to a term in county prison for stealing the identities of dozens of former patients and using them to order items over the Internet. Judge James P. MacElree II peppered the prosecutor...

Vendor identifies top five healthcare data security risks

Molly Merrill writes in Healthcare IT News that Absolute Software Corporation, a security software solutions vendor, has identified the top five data security risks most often faced by healthcare facilities. The five risks are: 1. Failure to protect sensitive data beyond encryption. 2. Inability to accurately manage mobile computer assets. 3. Sensitive information on...

UK: Patient phone tapes taken home by staff

Caroline Innes of the Liverpool Echo writes: Tape recordings of patient phone calls were taken home by out-of-hours GP service staff. Data protection experts said today they feared patient confidentiality was being compromised by the actions of Urgent Care 24 (UC24) workers. Today the organisation said the practice of taking tapes home to do...

Clinic's owner may face fine

Gina Damron of the Detroit Free Press reports: The owner of a Lathrup Village clinic accused of improperly disposing of medical waste said Tuesday that he’s putting biohazard bags in every examination room to ensure that materials don’t end up in regular trash bins again. Dr. A. Alberto Hodari could find out this week...