Health Data

Cyber criminals overseas steal U.S. electronic health records

Bob Brewin of NextGov reports: In 2004, when Bush administration officials unveiled a project to provide every American with an electronic health record by 2014, they pledged to put privacy and security first. But the discovery in April of stolen health records containing sensitive medical information about U.S. patients on a computer server in...

Hospitals underrate malicious intent in data breaches

Pamela Lewis Dolan reports in the May 26 issue of AMNews: Hospitals generally are well aware of what they have to do under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to ensure the security of patient data. They are also aware that their own employees might be the ones who breach that security. However,...

Local lawn scattered with medical records

Bisi Onile-Ere reports for ABC12: There are concerns about the potential for identity theft in one Mid-Michigan community. The private financial and medical information of dozens of people fill boxes that sit in the front yard of a Swartz Creek home. That home once belonged to a chiropractor and sits on the 3200 hundred...

Ie: HSE apologises over 'misaddressed' letters

Elaine Edwards reports in the Irish Times: The Health Service Executive (HSE) has apologised and has contacted the Data Protection Commissioner after a number of letters sent to patients in the northeast in relation to a review of health tests were sent to the wrong addresses. Some 4,500 patients’ X-rays or CT scans are...

Illinois identity theft suspect jailed in Las Vegas

Attorneys in Peoria say a former Illinois Eye Center receptionist accused of using confidential patient information for identity theft has been in jail in Las Vegas for nearly three weeks. Attorneys said thos (sic) week that Andrea Jordan was arrested in Las Vegas on April 28 as she was going to the grocery store....

Records missing from Ala. mental health department

Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation officials say records containing patient information have gone missing. Index cards with patients’ names, social security numbers and birthdates were recently discovered missing at Greil Hospital in Montgomery. Full story – WZTV

Ie: HSE downplays medical files find (update)

In an update yesterday to city and county councillors on the medical records found buried in a former landfill outside Cork, the Health Service Executive (HSE) claimed there were “only 15 fully legible sets of notes”. Addressing the regional health forum south, Gerry O’Dwyer, network manager of the Southern Hospitals’ Group, said the majority...

Man 'Devastated' When Doctor Tells Boss Of HIV Status

A Boston man said his right to privacy was broken and now he’s suing his hospital and doctor for negligence. NewsCenter 5’s Kelley Tuthill reported that the man, who did not use his name, is HIV positive and that information was accidentally given to his boss. The man said the mistake has been devastating....

Everett woman arrested for alleged ID theft

Jackson Holtz reports on HeraldNet: An Everett woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing another woman’s identity to get health insurers to pay for doctor visits and prescription narcotics, Washington State Patrol investigators said. Police allege the woman, 48, received nearly $180,000 in medical services and prescription drugs in her identity theft scheme. In...