Health Data

UK: Laptop with 1,500 patients' details stolen

Brian Lashley reports: A LAPTOP containing confidential patient data has been stolen from a hospital by a burglar who climbed through an unlocked window. The computer holds personal information about 1,581 patients attending a clinic at Stepping Hill Hospital, Hazel Grove, Stockport. Hospital chiefs said the data is protected by a complex password system,...

UK: Stolen medical van contained patient information

A health service van carrying sensitive information has been stolen from a Kent surgery. The driver of the vehicle walked into the surgery in Cheriton Road, Folkestone, and when he returned to unload the van it was gone. Vans run between William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and local GP surgeries twice daily transporting patient...

GA: Private medical data exposed

Andy Miller reports: Georgia’s largest health insurer sent an estimated 202,000 benefits letters containing personal and health information to the wrong addresses last week, in a privacy breach that also raised concerns about potential identity theft. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia said Monday that the erroneous mailings were primarily Explanation of Benefits...