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Man stole vet ID to get married, have surgery

The Associated Press reports: A Colorado man is accused of stealing an Army veteran’s identity and using it for 24 years to get married, obtain free medical treatment and even serve as president of a VFW post. Mark Mulcahy, 46, faces felony charges of identity theft, forgery and criminal impersonation. He was being held...

Five Dollars Buys Man Hundreds of Private Medical Records

Medical records are supposed to be between a person and their doctor, but a Maryland man suddenly found himself the owner of hundreds of patients’ most private information. Inside a unit at the Fort Knox storage facility, there’s a potential gold mine of information, including boxes of people’s medical records. On man unwittingly bought...

Medical notes sent to Buckingham Palace

Seen at EveningStar 24: AN NHS worker in Norfolk has become embroiled in a serious security breach after sending a patient’s medical records to Buckingham Palace by mistake. Highly confidential information was sent to the royal residence after the female member of staff typed in the wrong email address instead of sending it to...

PA: ID thief sentenced to county prison

Michael P. Rellahan writes on DailyLocal.com: A Chester County judge on Tuesday “reluctantly” agreed to sentence a former Chester County Hospital employee to a term in county prison for stealing the identities of dozens of former patients and using them to order items over the Internet. Judge James P. MacElree II peppered the prosecutor...

Vendor identifies top five healthcare data security risks

Molly Merrill writes in Healthcare IT News that Absolute Software Corporation, a security software solutions vendor, has identified the top five data security risks most often faced by healthcare facilities. The five risks are: 1. Failure to protect sensitive data beyond encryption. 2. Inability to accurately manage mobile computer assets. 3. Sensitive information on...

UK: Patient phone tapes taken home by staff

Caroline Innes of the Liverpool Echo writes: Tape recordings of patient phone calls were taken home by out-of-hours GP service staff. Data protection experts said today they feared patient confidentiality was being compromised by the actions of Urgent Care 24 (UC24) workers. Today the organisation said the practice of taking tapes home to do...

Clinic's owner may face fine

Gina Damron of the Detroit Free Press reports: The owner of a Lathrup Village clinic accused of improperly disposing of medical waste said Tuesday that he’s putting biohazard bags in every examination room to ensure that materials don’t end up in regular trash bins again. Dr. A. Alberto Hodari could find out this week...

(update) BCBS-WNY laptop also had data on BS-NENY members

WNYT reports: A missing laptop puts some BlueCross BlueShield customers at risk for identity theft in New York State. The company confirms the laptop went missing in late fall with information on up to 40,000 members. This affects BlueCross BlueShield of Northeastern New York and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The company claims...