MN: Genetic testing

Michael Marchio writes on the Minnesota Public Radio site: The Senate had a pretty light day today, approving a few bills and then recessing to take up the bovine tuberculosis bill, but the House has a whopper of a debate on genetic testing of newborn babies. SF3138, sponsored by Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis) ...

Ph: VSMMC to unveil probe results, name doctors involved today

VICENTE Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) officials will announce today results of their investigation on the operation to remove a spray canister from a man’s rectum. The operation last Jan. 3 sparked controversy when a video clip, showing doctors and nurses laughing and giggling, was posted on YouTube, a video-sharing website. Full story –...

UK: Patient data stolen from Epsom hospital

Rebecca Younger reports in the Surrey Advertiser: A LAPTOP containing the personal details of patients at hospitals across Surrey has been stolen from Epsom Hospital. The names, addresses and dates of birth of 180 patients who attend outreach clinics at hospitals across the county were stored on the computer, which was stolen from an...

Cutting to chase of Personal Health Record debate

Dana Blankenhorn blogs on ZDnet: The New England Journal of Medicine has entered the debate over Personal Health Records (PHRs) with four articles, all with different perspectives, all with the full text behind their registration firewall. So let’s cut to the chase. I’ve seen this play out in a host of industries over the years –...

State law jeopardizes medical privacy for school employees

A press release from the Michigan Education Association: Medical privacy for public school employees in at least one district has been jeopardized by a new state law, a troubling twist in the continuing controversy over Public Act 106. Scores of districts have sought bids from prospective health insurers since P.A. 106 took effect, as...

Ca: St. Joe's patient files found in dumpster behind coffee shop

John Burman of the Hamilton Spectator reports: St. Joseph’s Healthcare will tell nearly a dozen patients today their private health information has been found in a garbage dumpster behind an Etobicoke coffee shop. Copies of patient records made by a resident physician at the hospital in 2001 turned up strewn around a fenced dumpster...

Information on thousands of UM patients stolen

John Dorschner of the Miami Herald reports: The confidential information of tens of thousands of University of Miami patients was stolen last month when thieves took a case out of a vehicle used by a private off-site storage company, UM said Thursday morning ” Anyone who has been a patient of a University of...

Nurse pleads guilty to privacy violation

Carolyne Park reports in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: A Trumann woman who pleaded guilty to disclosing a patient’s health information is the first person in Arkansas to be convicted under a 5-year-old federal law designed to protect patient privacy, authorities said Wednesday. Andrea Smith, a 25-year-old licensed practical nurse, pleaded guilty to wrongfully disclosing a...

Warning on Storage of Health Records

Steve Lohr writes in the New York Times: In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, two leading researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could drastically alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy...

Tokyo hospital computer feared stolen / PC contained confidential information on 17,000 electrocardiography patients

  A computer containing personal information on about 17,000 patients has disappeared from Nippon Medical School Hospital in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, sources in the hospital said Wednesday. The data concern patients who have received electrocardiography over the past decade, and include their names, conditions, test results and patient ID numbers–but did not include addresses...