Local lawn scattered with medical records

Bisi Onile-Ere reports for ABC12: There are concerns about the potential for identity theft in one Mid-Michigan community. The private financial and medical information of dozens of people fill boxes that sit in the front yard of a Swartz Creek home. That home once belonged to a chiropractor and sits on the 3200 hundred...

Ie: HSE apologises over 'misaddressed' letters

Elaine Edwards reports in the Irish Times: The Health Service Executive (HSE) has apologised and has contacted the Data Protection Commissioner after a number of letters sent to patients in the northeast in relation to a review of health tests were sent to the wrong addresses. Some 4,500 patients’ X-rays or CT scans are...

Ie: Privacy – for dead patient

Ian McGuinness writes in the Irish Medical Times: The Health Service Executive tried to argue that it had to protect the right to privacy of a deceased patient, the Information Commissioner has revealed. Ms Emily O’Reilly explained the situation in her recent Annual Report for 2007. Without giving the name of the hospital, Ms...

Illinois identity theft suspect jailed in Las Vegas

Attorneys in Peoria say a former Illinois Eye Center receptionist accused of using confidential patient information for identity theft has been in jail in Las Vegas for nearly three weeks. Attorneys said thos (sic) week that Andrea Jordan was arrested in Las Vegas on April 28 as she was going to the grocery store....

Records missing from Ala. mental health department

Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation officials say records containing patient information have gone missing. Index cards with patients’ names, social security numbers and birthdates were recently discovered missing at Greil Hospital in Montgomery. Full story – WZTV

Ie: HSE downplays medical files find (update)

In an update yesterday to city and county councillors on the medical records found buried in a former landfill outside Cork, the Health Service Executive (HSE) claimed there were “only 15 fully legible sets of notes”. Addressing the regional health forum south, Gerry O’Dwyer, network manager of the Southern Hospitals’ Group, said the majority...

PHR vendor launches "In Case of Emergency" program for mobile phones

Richard Pizzi describes a new consumer-oriented service from AccessMyRecords.com in Healthcare IT News. Enrollees would be able to activate a setting in their account that would allow their emergency health histories to be accessed from their cell phones in case of emergency so that first responders, paramedics, etc., could obtain vital information. This is...

Privacy protections will be added to Wired for Health Care Quality bill

Nancy Ferris reports: Provisions to strengthen privacy protections for patients will be added to the long-stalled Wired for Health Care Quality Act in the Senate under an agreement between the sponsors and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Leahy’s concerns about the security and privacy of health records had held up Senate action on the bill,...

Health Data Systems Need A Comprehensive Privacy and Security Framework

CDT’s Health Privacy Project today released a paper urging policymakers and the private sector to develop and implement a comprehensive privacy and security framework to govern the wide range of computer and Internet-based systems being created to share sensitive health information. The paper examines the key issues confronting the adoption of information technology in...

Watchdog criticises EU plan to share DNA data

Mark John reports in Reuters: The European Union has rushed through rules giving police access to DNA databases across the bloc without regard for proper safeguards, a data protection watchdog said on Thursday. Tourists could find themselves suspects in a cross-border criminal investigation merely for having had a drink at a motorway service station,...