Health files are sold as scrap paper to Utahn

Aaron Falk writes in the Deseret Morning News: Why Louis Mezzoni walked into Central Florida Regional Hospital in May 2006 is, frankly, none of your business. His medical records — as are nearly all medical records in the U.S. — are private, guarded heavily by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. When, at...

Nassau officials say privacy laws hinder probes

Erik German writes in Newsday: More than 10 days have passed since police say three New Cassel children were killed by their troubled mother, and Nassau County officials say they still don’t have what they need to fully investigate. “Right now I’m sitting here, there are three kids dead and I don’t have full...

U.S. seeks input on national biobank

Alan Bavley of McClatchy Newspapers writes: In large upright freezers, researchers at St. Luke’s Hospital are stashing tens of thousands of tiny tubes that will hold blood samples of up to 2,000 people. It’s a major project to study patients’ medical charts and look for the genes and blood proteins that put people with...

245 computers stolen from 19 universities in Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports: The Metropolitan Police Department began investigating the case after computers were stolen from the science and engineering departments of prestigious universities in Tokyo, including Tokyo and Waseda universities. The MPD then learned that a total of 245 computers had been stolen from 19 universities since September 2006. In Tokyo,...

Health IT execs mull fixes on health record privacy

Maureen McKinney writes in Government Health IT: Health information technology executives this week called for the development and dissemination of a more lucid set of policies on consumer access to health records in order to allay public fears that using a personal health record would put their health privacy at risk. In a Web...

Chronology of Breaches for 2008 uploaded

The chronology of medical- or health-related breaches that were published in 2008 is now available on this site for the first part of this year. It will be updated several times during the year. So far, there are 26 incidents in the chronology. If you are aware of other incidents not including in this...

Paperless patients

Daniel Lee writes in the Indianapolis Star: A patient walks into a doctor’s office for the first time and immediately is handed a clipboard holding a form asking for all sorts of information on that person’s health status and medical history. NoMoreClipboard.com, a Fort Wayne medical technology startup, hopes to tap into consumers’ frustration...

Privacy shield crucial for online health records (opinion)

Dr. Deborah Peel of PatientPrivacyRights.org writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Now America is on the threshold of entering the digital era of health record keeping. Google and Microsoft have just introduced health record keeping software. Congress is considering standards to make health record systems interoperable, allowing easy access to records using different software...

Health 2.0: A Promising Prescription (opinion)

TechNewsWorld columnist Sonia Arrison writes: Google’s recent announcement that it is creating a home for personal health records online is a natural outgrowth of Silicon Valley’s Web 2.0 consumer Internet focus. The question this raises is whether a market-driven system is better for keeping health records than one run by the government. Groups like...