Health Data

Patient records stolen from NHS hospital wards

Kate Devlin reports in the Telegraph: Hundreds of computers, many containing confidential patient records, are being stolen from hospital wards every year, an investigation has shown. Records including the results of blood tests have been among the data lost. Tens of millions of pounds worth of medical equipment is also taken annually, some of...

Woman is extradited in St. Petersburg nursing home ID theft case

Jackie Alexander of the St. Petersburg Times reports: A woman accused of using the identities of patients at a St. Petersburg nursing home to fund a $100,000 shopping spree was extradited from Michigan on Thursday. Rhonda Felicia Gills, 40, of Comanche Avenue in Tampa faces one count of organized fraud and 16 counts of...

Unanswered questions for WellPoint and Congress (commentary)

On April 7, PogoWasRight.org exposed two previously unreported incidents involving WellPoint, Inc. The story was not the end of that site’s investigation, however, and subsequent statements by their spokespeople and a notification by UniCare’s lawyers to the New Hampshire Department of Justice only raised additional questions about what happened and why. On April 14,...

HIT: What Congress hasn't adequately addressed (opinion)

Yesterday’s Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report reported: Lawmakers, patient-privacy and health care advocates, and information technology experts on Tuesday “debated … how Congress can strike a balance between accelerating the adoption of a nationwide system of electronic medical records while protecting patient privacy,” CongressDaily reports (Noyes, CongressDaily, 6/4). The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee...

UK: Stolen tapes contain sensitive data on Hampshire workers

Simon Carr reports in the Southern Daily Echo: Confidential tapes containing the personal and medical details of thousands of staff from Hampshire firms. The tapes contained highly sensitive information including details ranging from illnesses to home addresses. Thieves targeted a security van while it was transporting the tapes between offices to be backed up....

UnitedHealthcare data breach leads to ID theft at UC Irvine

Robert McMillan reports in ComputerWorld: A data breach at United Healthcare Services Inc. has led to a rash of identity-theft crimes at the University of California, Irvine. To date, 155 graduate and medical students at the school have been hit by the scam, in which criminals file false tax returns in the victim’s name...

Walter Reed admits breach of patient information

Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are investigating how the personal information of 1,000 former patients was left unsecured on a hospital computer. Hospital officials said they were notified of the breach on May 21 by an outside company. Few details are available, but investigators say the information may have been disclosed via...

UK: University employees' records stolen from security van

Details of more than 3,000 current and former employees of Birmingham City University were among 35,000 private health customer records stolen from a security van. Personal information including their home addresses, dates of birth, claims details and scanned letters of correspondence were stored on a computer tape stolen from the van. The tape containing...