Documents Loaded with Personal Information Found in Atlanta Dumpster

Chris Shaw reports: Thousands of documents loaded with social security numbers and other personal information were thrown out Friday, left in dumpsters that anyone could get to. The documents listed dates of birth, addresses and even medical records in almost every file. No one was at the law office Friday afternoon where the...

UK: Data stolen from derelict hospital

AFP reports that: NHS Lanarkshire said £850,789 had been spent on security at Law Hospital near Carluke in Lanarkshire since it closed in 2001. The board launched an investigation last month after X-rays and other paperwork were found at the site.

AU: E-health privacy blueprint – robust legislation is needed says Privacy Commissioner

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis, has called for legislation for the proposed national Individual Electronic Health Records (IEHR) system. “The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has identified some valuable privacy considerations for the proposed IEHR system,” said Ms Curtis. “The suggestion that individuals should be able to opt-in to an IEHR system is...

Wuestoff Patient Records Posted On Internet (update 1)

Hundreds of people in Brevard County found out Thursday if their personal information was stolen. Names, social security numbers and even personal medical information of more than 500 patients at Wuesthoff Medical Center were posted on the internet. Wuestoff Staff members believe their pre-registration website for patients may have been hacked into. More...

Medicare Pilot to Maintain PHRs

CMS is developing a pilot program to test options for beneficiaries to be able to maintain their health records electronically. Under this pilot in Arizona and Utah, a beneficiary may choose one of the selected commercial PHR tools, and Medicare will transfer up to two years of the individual’s claims data into the individual’s...

UK: Midwife loses patient details

Amanda Crook reports: A DIARY containing contact details of 350 new mums and mums-to-be has been lost. A community midwife, who works at Rochdale Infirmary and has not been named, has lost her appointments diary which contained the names, addresses and phone numbers of women in her care. Full story – Manchester Evening News

NZ: ACC sorry for files request, but woman waits for DHB

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has apologised to a Westport woman for requesting her medical files without her consent. But Jessica Adamson, 66, is still waiting for the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) to explain why it gave her files to ACC without asking or telling her. Mrs Adamson is fighting ACC for...

Credit Cards Stolen From Visitors, Patients At Local Hospitals

Manassas police are warning citizens about credit cards thefts from visitors and patients at local hospitals. In these incidents, thieves hang around hospital lobby waiting areas and seek out elderly visitors and patients to rob, police said. Police said similar incidents happened during summer and fall of 2007. They said Potomac Hospital in...

TX: Drug Treatment Records Found in the Trash

The News 4 Trouble Shooters found a gold mine at a local drug treatment center. Hundreds of private, personal records thrown out with the trash. Information that, by law, must be protected. A tip led the Trouble Shooters to the dumpster behind Treatment Associates, located at 701 San Pedro, near downtown. We pulled out...