Health Data

Doctor fined for dumping patients' files in trash (follow-up)

AP reports: A Bloomington doctor who dumped patients’ sensitive medical records into the trash has been fined $1,250 by state officials. Dr. J.B. O’Donnell agreed to the fines and promised to post information about the possible security breach on his Web site for 30 days. The records contained patients’ names, addresses, birth dates,...

Lost tape holds credit data (follow-up)

The BNY Mellon breach apparently affected patient account info, as well. The incident occurred in April, and letters first went out this month. Eileen Smith of the Courier-Post reports: People who have made payments to the University of Pennsylvania Health System have been notified that tapes containing personal information about their accounts have gone...

Nurses posts brain surgery pictures on Facebook

Jessica Salter reports in the Telegraph: Her job at a hospital in Stockholm is now at risk after she put 14 photos from a brain surgery and a back operation to her account on the popular social networking site. One showed the operating assistant holding indeterminate parts of the patient’s body. The chief of...

Medical privacy law fails to stop snooping

Clark Kauffman has an article in the Des Moines Register about medical snooping and HIPAA violations in Iowa that makes for an interesting, if unsurprising, read: When Jill went to her doctor two years ago for an operation on her uterus, she didn’t expect that details of her problem would later appear in the...

Documents Loaded with Personal Information Found in Atlanta Dumpster

Chris Shaw reports: Thousands of documents loaded with social security numbers and other personal information were thrown out Friday, left in dumpsters that anyone could get to. The documents listed dates of birth, addresses and even medical records in almost every file. No one was at the law office Friday afternoon where the...

UK: Data stolen from derelict hospital

AFP reports that: NHS Lanarkshire said £850,789 had been spent on security at Law Hospital near Carluke in Lanarkshire since it closed in 2001. The board launched an investigation last month after X-rays and other paperwork were found at the site.

Wuestoff Patient Records Posted On Internet (update 1)

Hundreds of people in Brevard County found out Thursday if their personal information was stolen. Names, social security numbers and even personal medical information of more than 500 patients at Wuesthoff Medical Center were posted on the internet. Wuestoff Staff members believe their pre-registration website for patients may have been hacked into. More...

UK: Midwife loses patient details

Amanda Crook reports: A DIARY containing contact details of 350 new mums and mums-to-be has been lost. A community midwife, who works at Rochdale Infirmary and has not been named, has lost her appointments diary which contained the names, addresses and phone numbers of women in her care. Full story – Manchester Evening News