Health Data

'SCAM' GUY HIT 50,000

Douglas Montero and Kati Cornell of the NY Post give us a more precise number and additional detail on the New York-Presbyterian Hospital breach: Dwight McPherson, a 38-year-old patient-admissions representative from Brooklyn, admitted he began to access the files and sell information in early 2006 after being approached by a man in New York...

California Department of Public Health Cites Three UCLA Facilities for Privacy Breaches

The California Department of Public Health investigated UCLA for recently revealed patient privacy breaches, and cited three UCLA facilities for deficiencies. You can read the CDPH’s reports on UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. All are in .pdf format. In response, UCLA Chancellor...

Anne Arundel woman, 33, admits identity theft, fraud

Tyeesha Dixon reports on a case involving medical ID theft: An Anne Arundel County woman pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to fraud and identity theft after using a Garrett County woman’s credit cards and identification to buy jewelry and prescription painkillers in 11 states, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for...

Man Charged in ID Theft at NY Hospital

Verena Dobnick of the Associated Press reports: A man who worked in the admissions department at a prestigious Manhattan hospital has been charged with stealing and selling information on nearly 50,000 patients. Dwight McPherson, 38, a former worker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was arrested Friday night, shortly after the hospital announced...

Safe stolen from St. Joseph Hospital facility

The Times-Standard reports: Officials at St. Joseph Health System – Humboldt County reported Friday that a safe was stolen from one of the system’s facilities on Wednesday night. The safe contained personal checks and police are conducting a thorough investigation, a press release stated. Full story – Times-Standard

Doctors got off lighter in UCLA snooping case

Charles Ornstein of the Los Angeles Times reports: When penalties were handed out for snooping in UCLA’s medical records, it paid to have an M.D. after your name. As a group, doctors at UCLA hospitals who wrongly peeked at the records of pop star Britney Spears got off lighter than other staffers, according to...

Patients' Data Stolen, Hospital Says

The New York Times provides some additional details on the breach involving NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center: The theft – which occurred over the past several years and included patients’ names, phone numbers and Social Security numbers – was discovered during a federal investigation, and the hospital was notified in January, the spokeswoman, Myrna Manners, said....

NIH to crack down on encryption

Mary Mosquera reports on FCW: The director of the National Institutes of Health has notified employees to expect random computer audits as the agency works to ensure full compliance with its security policies. NIH discovered that a stolen laptop PC belonging to NIH contained medical data and Social Security numbers of 1,200 patients involved...

Thousands of ID thefts at NYC hospital

From ABC Eyewitness News: The personal information of thousands of patients at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center may have been compromised. A Federal investigation and a NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital internal audit have uncovered the possible theft of personal identity information, including names, phone numbers, and in some cases social security numbers, of approximately 40,000 hospital...