UK: NHS hit by loss of sexual health data

A memory stick containing information about the STI tests of 146 people has gone missing from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. All patients have been informed of the loss. The stick is assumed to have been stolen on Thursday 21st August. Read more in Pink News

Health Care Provider Plugs Potential Data Leak Points

Paul Korzeniowski reports in Dark Reading: Meridian Health Hospitals needed a way for its users to access personal and Web-based email systems at work without risking any data leaks. The New Jersey-based health care organization — which operates four hospitals, oversees long-term care facilities, provides home health care services, supplies health care equipment, operates...

Personal Health Records: Directing More Costs and Risks to Consumers?

Terry, Nicolas P.,Personal Health Records: Directing More Costs and Risks to Consumers?(August 22, 2008). Download full article from SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1248768 Abstract: This article is principally concerned with a subset of electronic health records known as personal health records. In contrast to the more familiar charts, paper records, and electronic medical records maintained by health...

Ensuring the Privacy and Confidentiality of Electronic Health Records

Terry, Nicolas P. and Francis, Leslie P.,  Ensuring the Privacy and Confidentiality of Electronic Health Records (October 12, 2007). University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2007, pp. 681-735, 2007 Full-text article available for free download from SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=886904 Abstract: The federal government is fast-tracking a nationally based interoperable health records system. What may at...

OR: Computer Stolen From HIV Patient Center

A computer containing information for at least 350 HIV patients was stolen over Labor Day weekend, Multnomah County officials said Thursday. An employee showed up to open the HIV patient center Tuesday morning and realized a burglary had occurred. The computer contained the names of about 350 to 400 HIV patients, authorities said. Multnomah...

Patient information reported stolen from Boulder Community Hospital

Heath Urie reports: Paperwork containing the names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 200 patients at Boulder Community Hospital have been stolen, according to Boulder police. Police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said the forms taken were copies of patient-intake forms of 207 people who visited the Occupational Health and...

Researchers criticize genetic data restrictions

As fears over privacy prompt genetic databases in the United States and Britain to close public access to some of their data, scientists working in the field are complaining that the moves are premature and will impede research . Read more in Nature

UK: Medics 'put patient data at risk'

Doctors are warning patient data is at risk after a snapshot poll of colleagues showed lapses in security. Two unnamed doctors surveyed their colleagues at a top London hospital and found three quarters carried unsecured memory sticks with confidential data. Read more – BBC

Man Finds Thousands of Medical Records in Storage Unit

It was a shocking discovery in an abandoned storage unit. Thousands of medical charts, all listed to Southwest Medical. Larry Coldmire bought the contents of the storage unit for just $25 dollars in an auction. He had hoped to find treasures that he could turn into a profit, but what was there instead is...

A National Health Information Network — What Are the Real Privacy Issues?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 mandated the development of a unique patient identifi er (UPI) for “every individual, employer, health plan, and health care provider.” UPIs were intended to serve as central building blocks for new health information technologies and to enable physicians, hospitals, and other authorized users to...