Health Data

Security Breach: More Laws Needed. Let's Add Health Care

Over on InformationWeek, George Hulme is singing our tune: But let’s just stick to health care. More than 1.5 million patient records at hospitals have been exposed by data breaches during 2006 and 2007, according to the 2008 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data, commissioned by Kroll Fraud Solutions. That begs the...

UK: NHS hit by new data losses

Kate Foster of Scotland on Sunday reports: THE loss of confidential personal data has become so widespread that patients’ groups last night launched a campaign to tighten up security in the NHS. The move comes as Scotland on Sunday reveals hundreds of cases of breaches concerning patients’ notes. Two lost USB computer memory sticks...

TX: Dentist charged with taping people in restroom

AP reports: A dentist accused of videotaping people using the bathroom at his clinic faces charges of improper photography, authorities said. Byron Weinle was charged Thursday on four counts, accused of secretly videotaping patients and employees. Two women who work at the clinic tipped authorities after finding videotapes inside Weinle’s office, officials said. Read...

Medical identity theft spreads

Judith Graham reports: The problem of medical identity theft is on the rise, and it’s often an inside job, experts say. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people have their medical identities stolen each year, said Pam Dixon, who heads the World Privacy Forum, a non-profit group that helps victims of identity theft. Most of the...

Cops: Ex-nurse stole medical records, drugs

Jessica Pierce reports: While searching the home of a former Thompson Hospital nurse, police say they found hundreds of syringes, medicine vials and — possibly most disturbing — the private medical records of dozens of patients. Only about six of the records were for Thompson patients, while the others were for patients at other...

Nursing assistant charged in ID theft

A Long Island nursing assistant has been arrested for allegedly stealing a patient’s credit card. Authorities say 44-year-old Brenda Skidmore, of Ronkonkoma, was caught using the card she stole from John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. More – ABC News

Abortion clinic charged with improper disposal (follow-up)

Gina Damron reports: A 12-count warrant has been issued against a Lathrup Village abortion clinic for improperly disposing of medical records, according to Southfield’s 46th District Court. The case against WomanCare, located on Southfield Road, stems from a March incident in which patient records were discovered in a Dumpster behind the facility, court and...

UPHS Notifies Public Of Lost Payment Data

Heather J. Chin reports: University of Pennsylvania Health System notified an undisclosed number of patients this week that an encrypted backup tape containing personal and credit information was lost in transit by an outside carrier. Affected persons are those who made payments to UPHS between Feb. 25 and April 25. More – The Bulletin

Ex-guard pleads guilty to ID theft (follow-up)

Michael P. McKinney reports: A former security guard at Rhode Island Hospital has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing patients’ and job applicants’ identity information and using it to open cell phone and charge accounts at RadioShack. Prosecutor Adi Goldstein said at the plea hearing the government could show that from April...