Back to class on medical privacy

An editorial in the Detroit Free Press: There’s a lesson for state lawmakers in a dispute brewing between a tiny Van Buren County school district and the Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union. The Lawton district and the MEA are at odds over the limits of a recent Michigan law allowing school...

L.A. woman accused of stealing stars' medical info

Dan Whitcomb reports: A former hospital worker implicated in the theft of medical records for “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife and some 60 other celebrities and selling them to the media has been indicted on federal charges. Lawanda Jackson, a former low-level administrative specialist at UCLA Medical Center in Los...

Identity theft drug scheme spanned 11 states

In an update to a previous story, Scott Daughterty of The Capital reports: The Garrett County woman didn’t have back pain. She didn’t visit hospitals in 11 states to get prescription pain killers to help her cope. Still, federal prosecutors said, the hospitals kept sending her bills demanding payment for those medications and services....

Medical Data Breaches Put Patients at Risk

Kim S. Nash writes in CIO: Doctors can’t cure the common cold and health care IT managers apparently can’t stop the common data breach. Twenty-one of the 101 of the breaches tracked so far this year by information security group Attrition.org occurred at health care organizations. Well, that’s not right, as I pointed out...

Are Your Medical Records at Risk?

Sarah Rubenstein writes in the Wall Street Journal: When it comes to protecting the privacy of patients’ computerized information, the main threat the health-care industry faces isn’t from hackers, but from itself. Read the full story at WSJ

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association reports laptop stolen

The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association reported to the New Hampshire Department of Justice that a laptop was stolen from a staff member’s vehicle on April 16. The laptop contained birth date and social security numbers for 15 clients. CRVNA believes that the risk of ID theft is low because of the three...

How Personal Health Records Could Make Care Less Efficient

Jacob Goldstein writes in the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog: High hopes are afoot for personal health records, online homes where patients can store their medical information to take from doctor to doctor and keep track of things like prescriptions and test results. Microsoft and Google, among others, are jumping in the patient-controlled record...

HIMSS Survey Points to ''Access'' As the Number One IT Security Concern

From the press release: According to a survey conducted at the HIMSS 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition, 64 percent of respondents cited “access” as their number one IT security concern, highlighting the importance of controlling user access to clinical systems and applications in healthcare environments. Additionally, 60 percent of attendees surveyed cite the threat...