Health Data

UK: Littleborough surgery's patient records stolen

Thousands of patient records have been stolen while they were in storage at an unknown location in the Rochdale area. The data, belonging to 3,500 patients from Trinity Medical Centre on Winton Street in Littleborough, was taken during a burglary on 12 July. The stolen records contained personal details and full medical history of...

5,000 items missing from Indian Health

Enric Volante reports in the Arizona Daily Star: Mismanagement at the federal Indian Health Service has resulted in millions of dollars of equipment being lost or stolen across the nation, including in Arizona, congressional investigators reported. Gregory D. Kutz, managing director of forensic audits and special investigations for the GAO, the investigative arm...

Hong Kong urges tougher controls on patients' data

Tougher controls to protect patients’ personal and medical data should be introduced at the city’s hospitals following a series of security blunders, the territory’s privacy watchdog said Tuesday. Roderick Woo, the privacy commissioner, made 37 recommendations to the Hospital Authority after inspecting the data security system at one of its hospitals. Full story –...

Rapper DMX arrested again

In his fourth run-in with Maricopa County deputies within a year, rapper DMX faces charges of theft of services and identity theft for trying to avoid paying $7,500 in medical bills from Scottsdale’s Mayo Clinic in April, officials said. In April, the 37-year-old rapper went for treatment at Scottsdale’s Mayo Clinic. He stayed...

Laptop theft at Cleveland Clinic could contain patient data

Jesse Tinsley reports: The Cleveland Clinic is investigating the theft of a laptop computer that could contain patient medical records. “We regret the potential breach of confidentiality due to the theft of a computer,” Clinic officials said in a written statement issued Friday. “At this time we cannot confirm that any information was compromised.”...

Former anesthesiologist arrested on four charges

Elisa Glushefski reports: A former Prince William Hospital anesthesiologist was arrested on four criminal charges Thursday—two weeks after authorities received a call of suspicious findings in a doctor’s bunkroom, police said Friday. Dr. Carlos Ocampo, 38, of 5438 Long Boat Court in Fairfax, turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with prescription...

FL: Hospital Worker Stole Identity

A Central Florida hospital worker was arrested Friday on suspicion of using medical records to steal a patient’s identity. Joan Allison Thompson, 30, of Rockledge, faces four counts of criminal use of personal identification, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, four counts of uttering a forged instrument and one count of...

HHS, Providence Health & Services Agree on Corrective Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has entered into a resolution agreement with Seattle-based Providence Health & Services (Providence) to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. In the agreement, Providence agrees to pay $100,000 and implement a detailed corrective...

UK: Patient data of 45,000 'is stolen from cupboard'

SOUTHWARK PRIMARY Care Trust lost sensitive and confidential information on 45,000 of the country’s most vulnerable patients, after a portable hard drive was reportedly stolen from a specialist disability rehabilitation centre. The hard drive – containing the name, address, telephone number and a description of the level of disability of 45,000 patients at Crystal...

UK: Laptop with patient files stolen

A laptop containing the details of 89 patients has been stolen from Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary, it has emerged. NHS Forth Valley said the break-in happened last month at the hospital’s audiology department when the offices were closed. Full story – BBC