Health Data

UF Doctor Quits After Putting Medical Records at Risk (update)

As a follow-up to a story we reported here: The private health information of 1900 local patients may have been compromised when a Jacksonville doctor gave his computer away. Dr. Francis D. Ong resigned from his position as a University of Florida assistant professor of plastic surgery at the College of Medicine-Jacksonville. UF privacy...

Canada: Calgary seniors' health information on stolen computers

Dozens of Calgary seniors are alarmed after learning their credit-card numbers, addresses and health-card numbers were stored on computers that were stolen recently. The Academy Hearing Centre in Brentwood Mall, which provides hearing tests and equipment, mostly to seniors, recently mailed out letters warning of the theft. “I got scared,” said one elderly female...

HealthSpring says laptop with personal data stolen

Wendy Lee reports: Nashville-based managed care company HealthSpring Inc. said Wednesday a laptop computer containing personal information of about 450 state residents was stolen in March. The laptop, believed to contain names, dates of birth and social security numbers of about 9,000 individuals, was stolen from a HealthSpring employee’s locked car on March 30...

Two plead guilty to stealing confidential information

Paul Shukovsky reports: A Belfair couple pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to stealing identities and using trickery to obtain confidential medical, tax and employment information for private investigators who paid them fees for the information. Emilio Torrella, 36, and Brandy Torella, 27, face a mandatory-minimum sentence of two years for aggravated identity theft,...

CT: ID information stolen from Saint Mary's Hospital

Marc Silvistrini of the Republican-American reports: A former Saint Mary’s Hospital employee has been charged by police in the theft of names and social security numbers of a half dozen patients, a hospital official and state police said Tuesday. State police told the hospital the thefts were confined to the Endoscopy Department and affect...

UF warns patients of security breach

University of Florida officials will be notifying about 1,900 patients of a UF plastic surgeon that their private health information might have been breached after the information was managed and disposed of improperly. Dr. Francis D. Ong, a UF assistant professor of plastic surgery at the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville, stored unsecured digital photographs...

NHS disc containing sensitive data lost

Caroline Gammell reports in the Telegraph: A computer disc containing the medical records of more than 38,000 NHS patients went missing when it was sent to a software company to be backed up – in case the records got lost. The information, which dates back 10 years, was mislaid somewhere between London and Sandown...

Cyber criminals overseas steal U.S. electronic health records

Bob Brewin of NextGov reports: In 2004, when Bush administration officials unveiled a project to provide every American with an electronic health record by 2014, they pledged to put privacy and security first. But the discovery in April of stolen health records containing sensitive medical information about U.S. patients on a computer server in...

Hospitals underrate malicious intent in data breaches

Pamela Lewis Dolan reports in the May 26 issue of AMNews: Hospitals generally are well aware of what they have to do under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to ensure the security of patient data. They are also aware that their own employees might be the ones who breach that security. However,...

Local lawn scattered with medical records

Bisi Onile-Ere reports for ABC12: There are concerns about the potential for identity theft in one Mid-Michigan community. The private financial and medical information of dozens of people fill boxes that sit in the front yard of a Swartz Creek home. That home once belonged to a chiropractor and sits on the 3200 hundred...