UK: Colchester manager sacked over lost laptop

Joe Fernandez reports on eHealth Insider: A senior hospital manager, who lost a laptop containing the unencrypted records of more than 20,000 patients while he was on holiday, has been dismissed from his position. The manager from Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, lost the laptop in Edinburgh in June, and was initially suspended...

CMS will test use of Medicare data in commercial PHRs

Nancy Ferris reports in Government Health IT: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is undertaking a third pilot program to test the use of online personal health records by Medicare beneficiaries. In the new pilot, CMS will populate commercial PHRs with Medicare claims data. The agency plans to select as many as four...

Ie: 100 medical records lost by NHS in three years

Lisa Smyth reports in the Belfast Telegraph: Nearly 100 medical records have been lost in Northern Ireland over the last three years. Health Minister Michael McGimpsey revealed the figures in response to a question from DUP MLA Simon Hamilton — who is alarmed at the number of lost records. Figures released by Mr McGimpsey...

Records loss may violate U.S. law (follow-up)

Liz Austin Peterson of the Houston Chronicle reports: A low-level Harris County Hospital District administrator probably violated federal law when she downloaded medical and financial records for 1,200 patients with HIV, AIDS and other medical conditions onto a flash drive that later was lost or stolen, legal experts said Thursday. “This is an...

Emmett: Missing records belonged to AIDS patients

Liz Austin Peterson updates us on the missing Harris County Hospital District breach: Many of the medical and financial records stored on a flash drive that has gone missing from the Harris County Hospital District belonged to patients with HIV or AIDS, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said today. Emmett, who was briefed...

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...