Health Data

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...

Stolen government laptop held patient data

Ellen Nakashima and Rick Weiss write in the Washington Post: A government laptop computer containing sensitive medical information on 2,500 patients enrolled in a National Institutes of Health study was stolen in February, potentially exposing seven years’ worth of clinical trial data, including names, medical diagnoses and details of the patients’ heart scans. The...

Man stole vet ID to get married, have surgery

The Associated Press reports: A Colorado man is accused of stealing an Army veteran’s identity and using it for 24 years to get married, obtain free medical treatment and even serve as president of a VFW post. Mark Mulcahy, 46, faces felony charges of identity theft, forgery and criminal impersonation. He was being held...

Five Dollars Buys Man Hundreds of Private Medical Records

Medical records are supposed to be between a person and their doctor, but a Maryland man suddenly found himself the owner of hundreds of patients’ most private information. Inside a unit at the Fort Knox storage facility, there’s a potential gold mine of information, including boxes of people’s medical records. On man unwittingly bought...

Medical notes sent to Buckingham Palace

Seen at EveningStar 24: AN NHS worker in Norfolk has become embroiled in a serious security breach after sending a patient’s medical records to Buckingham Palace by mistake. Highly confidential information was sent to the royal residence after the female member of staff typed in the wrong email address instead of sending it to...