IA: Students' files tossed, sold at Russell, parents say

Staci Hupp reports in the Des Moines Register: First they lost their school. Now students in Russell have been stripped of their privacy, some parents say. Parents allege that school and health records for dozens of students ended up in the trash or on the auction block after crews cleaned out Russell’s only school...

MI: Workers disciplined for peek at Granholm medical file

Chris Christoff reports in the Free Press: Employees of Sparrow Hospital were fired or disciplined in July after it was discovered they attempted to access computerized medical information about Gov. Jennifer Granholm when she was admitted there for abdominal surgery April 29, the Free Press has learned. Advertisement A hospital spokesman said an unspecified...

TX: County hospital patient data missing

Liz Austin Peterson of the Houston Chronicle reports: Confidential medical information for about 1,200 Harris County Hospital District patients may have been compromised when an electronic device used to store the data was lost or stolen, district officials said Wednesday. An employee transferred the information onto the device in order to complete a project...

Prescription Data Used To Assess Consumers

Ellen Nakashima reports in the Washington Post: Health and life insurance companies have access to a powerful new tool for evaluating whether to cover individual consumers: a health “credit report” drawn from databases containing prescription drug records on more than 200 million Americans. Traditionally, insurance companies have judged an applicant’s risk by gathering...

UK: Patient files found in corridor

Confidential patient files have been left lying in a corridor at St George’s Hospital in south London. The files were found by a BBC London reporter on Thursday after a tip-off. The find comes months after six laptops containing information about 20,000 patients were stolen from a locked cabinet at the same hospital. St...

UK: Laptop with 1,500 patients' details stolen

Brian Lashley reports: A LAPTOP containing confidential patient data has been stolen from a hospital by a burglar who climbed through an unlocked window. The computer holds personal information about 1,581 patients attending a clinic at Stepping Hill Hospital, Hazel Grove, Stockport. Hospital chiefs said the data is protected by a complex password system,...