Health Data

700,000 people could be affected by security breach

A collection agency announced a security breach Friday that potentially compromises the personal information of 700,000 people. The Central Collection Bureau said the breach happened on March 21, 2008. The company said thieves broke into its offices and stole eight computers, as well as one of its servers. The server, which was password protected...

Ca: Patient file fallout

Joan Walters writes more in the Hamilton Spectator about an incident reported here yesterday: Three investigations have been launched into patient confidentiality after sensitive health files from a Hamilton hospital were found in an Etobicoke dumpster. St. Joseph’s Healthcare was trying yesterday to reach all seven families affected after records of their children’s stay...

Ph: VSMMC to unveil probe results, name doctors involved today

VICENTE Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) officials will announce today results of their investigation on the operation to remove a spray canister from a man’s rectum. The operation last Jan. 3 sparked controversy when a video clip, showing doctors and nurses laughing and giggling, was posted on YouTube, a video-sharing website. Full story –...

UK: Patient data stolen from Epsom hospital

Rebecca Younger reports in the Surrey Advertiser: A LAPTOP containing the personal details of patients at hospitals across Surrey has been stolen from Epsom Hospital. The names, addresses and dates of birth of 180 patients who attend outreach clinics at hospitals across the county were stored on the computer, which was stolen from an...

Ca: St. Joe's patient files found in dumpster behind coffee shop

John Burman of the Hamilton Spectator reports: St. Joseph’s Healthcare will tell nearly a dozen patients today their private health information has been found in a garbage dumpster behind an Etobicoke coffee shop. Copies of patient records made by a resident physician at the hospital in 2001 turned up strewn around a fenced dumpster...

Information on thousands of UM patients stolen

John Dorschner of the Miami Herald reports: The confidential information of tens of thousands of University of Miami patients was stolen last month when thieves took a case out of a vehicle used by a private off-site storage company, UM said Thursday morning ” Anyone who has been a patient of a University of...

Nurse pleads guilty to privacy violation

Carolyne Park reports in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: A Trumann woman who pleaded guilty to disclosing a patient’s health information is the first person in Arkansas to be convicted under a 5-year-old federal law designed to protect patient privacy, authorities said Wednesday. Andrea Smith, a 25-year-old licensed practical nurse, pleaded guilty to wrongfully disclosing a...

Tokyo hospital computer feared stolen / PC contained confidential information on 17,000 electrocardiography patients

  A computer containing personal information on about 17,000 patients has disappeared from Nippon Medical School Hospital in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, sources in the hospital said Wednesday. The data concern patients who have received electrocardiography over the past decade, and include their names, conditions, test results and patient ID numbers–but did not include addresses...

Stolen computers contained patient data from EHS patients

Elliott Health Systems, Inc. (EHS) in New Hampshire has notified the New Hampshire Department of Justice that on February 22, 2008, 10 computers were stolen from the headquarters of a business associate, Advanced Medical Partners, Inc. (AMPI). By letter dated March 3, 2007 (sic), EHS reported that the computers may have contained ePHI on...

Hospitals often fail to notify patients of data breaches

Jon Brodkin of Network World writes: If your medical records were exposed in a security breach, would you expect the hospital to tell you? You shouldn’t. Because of regulatory loopholes, only 56% of healthcare organizations that have exposed medical records notified the patients involved, survey results issued this month found. “There are loopholes in...