Health Data

UCLA Health System Facilities Are Cited by State for Patient Privacy Breaches; Former Employee Is Charged Under HIPAA

&nbsp: There’s really nothing new in the report that we haven’t reported here before, but REPORT ON PATIENT PRIVACY  has a detailed article on the UCLA privacy breaches: Three UCLA Health System facilities were cited for deficiencies by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for staff members’ snooping in high-profile patient records. And...

Boston Medical Center settles charge of deceptive marketing

Boston Medical Center HealthNet and Boston Medical Center Corporation have agreed to pay the state $562,000 to settle charges that BMC gave private patient information to its HealthNet insurance plan for marketing purposes that the state described as deceptive. According to WBUR, BMC sent a letter to 2,600 patients who were insured by competing...

More on the Finjan study

Earlier today, I posted a link to a troubling Finjan study that found that crimeware was hitting major health-related organizations.   In his news report on the study, Jaikumar Vijayan of Computerworld writes, in part: One trend Finjan has noted is an increased focus on trying to steal login credentials for Citrix applications. Technologies from...

Personal Documents Found in Trash Bin

Courtney Collins of KARK 4 News reports: How would you feel if your bank account information, social security number and address were available to anyone? For a period of time today, that was a reality for hundreds of central Arkansas dental patients. KARK got a call this afternoon from a concerned worker at a...

UK: Fears as GP’s laptop stolen

A laptop containing confidential medical records of all 11,000 Wolverhampton patients at a city surgery has been stolen from a GP’s house, police revealed today. Names, dates of birth, addresses and contact details were all stored and unencrypted on the PC belonging to a doctor from Castlecroft Medical Practice. Full story at Express &...

Local Man Sentenced For Deleting Medical Records

A disgruntled worker is paying the price for deleting medical records, 10News reported. Jon Paul Oson, of Chula Vista, was sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for hacking into the database of a local health clinic. It was the very person trusted to protect the Council of Community Health Clinics who went...

ONCHIT hires tech firm to tackle medical identity theft problem

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded approximately $450,000 to Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and consulting technology firm, to assess and evaluate the scope of the medical identity theft problem in the United States. The purpose of...