Ca: Province Bans Health Data Use for MR

In British Columbia, Canada, new legislation has been passed which according to Health Minister George Abbott, prohibits disclosure of information from electronic databases for market research and allows individuals access to their own health records and medical information. Abbott says that British Columbia is the first province in Canada to create such a legal...

NZ: Health workers "blasé" about HIV disclosure

GayNZ.com reports: “Blasé” health care workers are too often divulging the confidential HIV status of their patients and broader data sharing within the medical fraternity is also leading to unwanted HIV status disclosures, according to HIV positive people. As a result, the Privacy Commissioner is urging health care workers to reflect on the way...

Personal health records latest concern for CIOs

Zach Church writes in Midmarket CIO News: As a growing number of patients take an increasingly proactive role in the management of their own health, sales of software programs that give users access to their personal health records are set to explode, experts say. But the impending proliferation means new responsibilities for CIOs as...

Stolen computers contained patient data from EHS patients

Elliott Health Systems, Inc. (EHS) in New Hampshire has notified the New Hampshire Department of Justice that on February 22, 2008, 10 computers were stolen from the headquarters of a business associate, Advanced Medical Partners, Inc. (AMPI). By letter dated March 3, 2007 (sic), EHS reported that the computers may have contained ePHI on...

My Turn: Are we ready for e-medical records?

The following opinion piece, which was written by Allen Gilbert, the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, appeared in the Burlington Free Press today: Allen Gilbert Vermont is about to take a huge, expensive leap into the electronic medical records field. Every Vermonter who’s ever seen a doctor or been...

Legally eHealth: Putting eHealth in its European Legal Context

From the March 2008 report’s executive summary: Over the past decade, a number of articles, reports, and studies have established that the use of ICTs in healthcare does raise a number of legal questions, but few have looked, in detail, at the extent to which European legislation could provide good answers. The Legally...

Privacy concerns (editorial)

Today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal has an editorial about calls for increasing the penalties under HIPAA for snooping in files: In the wake of the UCLA scandal, some now want to increase punishments for violating institutions, provide penalties for individual snoopers and force providers to obtain explicit instructions from patients and their families on...

Hospitals often fail to notify patients of data breaches

Jon Brodkin of Network World writes: If your medical records were exposed in a security breach, would you expect the hospital to tell you? You shouldn’t. Because of regulatory loopholes, only 56% of healthcare organizations that have exposed medical records notified the patients involved, survey results issued this month found. “There are loopholes in...

'SCAM' GUY HIT 50,000

Douglas Montero and Kati Cornell of the NY Post give us a more precise number and additional detail on the New York-Presbyterian Hospital breach: Dwight McPherson, a 38-year-old patient-admissions representative from Brooklyn, admitted he began to access the files and sell information in early 2006 after being approached by a man in New York...