Health Data

Four Charged In ID Theft Scheme

The following AP story is a follow-up to a story they reported last month: A former Rhode Island Hospital security guard and three former RadioShack workers have been charged in a scheme to steal the identity of hospital patients. A federal grand jury indictment filed Wednesday alleges Michael Bermudez obtained patients’ names, dates of...

The Man Who Lost His Name and His Genetic Identity

For privacy advocates, the name “Eric Drew” immediately evokes a few images: a man expected to die of leukemia, a sleazy lab tech stealing his details and using it for ID theft, and Drew doing battle — against the leukemia, against the ID thief, and then against credit reporting agencies who refused to clear...

Personal information swiped from Norfolk case worker's car

From WVEC.com: The personal information of about 30 clients of Norfolk’s Community Services Board was compromised when a case worker’s briefcase was stolen. Officials say the briefcase was left in the worker’s car in a Virginia Beach parking garage on March 24, but someone smashed a window and stole it. The case worker violated...

Effectiveness of medical privacy law is questioned

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar writes in the Los Angeles Times: When Congress passed a federal medical privacy law more than a decade ago, it was hailed as a new level of protection for patients nationwide. But even though the government has received about 34,000 complaints of privacy violations since it officially began enforcing the law five...

Figure at center of UCLA medical records flap was just 'nosy'

Charles Ornstein of the Los Angeles Times reports: The UCLA Medical Center employee who allegedly pried into the private medical records of the governor’s wife and 60 others in a burgeoning scandal was a low-ranking administrative specialist who told The Times on Tuesday that “it was just me being nosy.” “Clearly I made a...

WellPoint Customer Information Exposed

Well,  PogoWasRight.org broke the story yesterday, but now the Associated Press has picked up the story and done something I couldn’t do — they got a statement from WellPoint. WellPoint’s statement to the Associated Press is not wholly consistent with what PogoWasRight.org’s investigation found, but more on that later.

WellCare Health Plans discloses data difficulties

WellCare Health Plans Inc. has blamed human error for the disclosure on the Internet of some data for its Medicaid members in Georgia.The data included personal identifying information for some members of Georgia Families, WellCare said in a release. The files included information such as members’ names, birth dates, dates of eligibility, member ID...

Schwarzenegger Calls For Stronger Privacy Of Medical Records

Catharine Paddock, PhD has an article in Medical News Today about the recent revelations of privacy breaches at UCLA and how Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling for stronger protections.  Schwarzenegger himself has been in the situation of celebrity patient and reports that his privacy was invaded, too.  What he describes, however, is more than...