Tally of improperly accessed UCLA patient records tops 1,000

Rong-Gong Lin II reports: The number of patients whose hospital records were improperly accessed by employees at the UCLA Hospital System has topped 1,000, state officials said Wednesday. Kathleen Billingsley, director of the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Healthcare Quality, said the records of 1,041 patients have been breached, up from 939...

CA: State ends review of privacy breaches at hospitals

SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER reports: The state has ended its investigation into privacy breaches at UCLA hospitals, where celebrities such as Britney Spears and Farrah Fawcett had their medical records illegally accessed by employees. Six state reports were released on the matter over the last several months—the last one Wednesday—detailing a widespread practice of workers...

Lexington woman accused of ID theft

A Lexington woman working for a home health care agency is accused of taking a patient’s ID and trying to withdraw money from her bank account, according to felony charges filed Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court. Source – The Norman Transcript

Health care data security breaches in the U.S.

Kevin Prince reports: New laws and regulations regarding data security breaches and disclosure laws affect the way in which health care organizations do business. This study provides a review of the scope and impact of data security breaches in the health care industry in an effort to encourage proactive modification to risk mitigation technologies,...

UK: Patient data leaves NHS – officials answer our questions

Nearly 300 million confidential medical records have transferred officially from the government to an academic organisation outside the NHS, Computer Weekly has learned. The transferred records contain patient-identifiable information on nearly every stay by patients in hospitals in England, and visits to an accident and emergency department. Also within the transferred records are 215 million...

Trashed documents raise ID-theft issues

It’s difficult not to feel bad for someone like Fred Wilkie. The Hudson resident says he normally makes an effort to shred all his personal documents in order to guard against identity theft. So he was particularly disappointed to learn Tuesday that some of his confidential personal and financial information was found scattered across...

National Patient ID Would Violate Patient Privacy Rights

Responding to a major study released yesterday by the Rand Corporation, Citizens’ Council on Health Care says Congress should maintain its long-standing prohibition on development of a national patient identification number, otherwise known as the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI). “Congress must dismiss the data industry’s apparent call to centralize, nationalize and socialize private medical...

UK: Patients 'at risk as after medical records lost'

Rob Pattinson reports: PRIVATE medical records blunders has seen patients put at potential risk, a probe reveals today. Cases of mislaid doctors’ notes, lost patient files, and child protection reports going missing have been recorded over the last three years. Now data bosses have warned the failure to keep information safe could lead to...