Benefits of electronic health records will soon kill privacy

Jay Cline writes: In five years, the privacy debate over personal health records will be over, and you and I will be storing our medical records at a central location. Why? Because the benefits of better care and less paperwork will outweigh our current fears about data breaches and inappropriate data sharing. So,...

Ca: B.C., N.B. failed to protect personal health information: reports

Separate reports issued at the same time Wednesday by New Brunswick’s ombudsman and British Columbia’s information and privacy commissioner have found that their governments failed to protect the personal health information of B.C. and New Brunswick residents when a courier lost tapes containing health information. According to the news release, a courier package of...

Identity thieves prey on patients' medical records

Julie Appleby reports in USA TODAY: Doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals are a fruitful hunting ground for identity thieves, who are using increasingly sophisticated methods to steal patient information, lawyers and privacy experts say. Recent disclosures that hospital workers snooped into the medical files of Maria Shriver, Britney Spears and George Clooney highlight the...

UK: Patients "have no faith in NHS records database"

A series of personal information losses have meant patients have no faith in plans to put their details on a new national NHS database, ministers have been warned. Conservative MP Christopher Fraser said the collapse in confidence came after 300,000 prescription forms were lost, junior doctor job applications were found on the internet and...

Editorial: Log into plan for online medical data

By the fall of 2009, if all goes as planned, Oregon’s 400,000 Medicaid recipients could be receiving a higher quality of health care through one high-tech change, according to the Department of Human Services. The agency is taking the lead on an effort to put the patients’ records online. The records would be accessible...

Kaiser completes outpatient EHR rollout

Bernie Monegain reports in Healthcare IT News: Kaiser Permanente has completed the rollout of its outpatient electronic health record system in nine states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser’s 13,000 physicians in 421 offices now have electronic access to their patients’ medical records. Kaiser officials bill the system, called Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, as the...

Anti-Discrimination Bill Inadvertently Legalizes Sharing of Genetic Information Without Patient Consent

  The Institute for Health Freedom has published a new article on its site: “While authors of the recently passed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (H.R. 493) had good intentions, the bill inadvertently legalizes the sharing of genetic information without patient consent,” says Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom (IHF)....

Finjan finds patient data on hackers' server

In its latest Malicious Page of the Month Report , Finjan, Inc. reports that it discovered … a server controlled by hackers (Crimeserver) containing more than 1.4 Gigabyte of business and personal data stolen from infected PCs. The data consisted of 5,388 unique log files. Both email communications and web-related data were among them....

Canada: Fax had personal information

Angela Hall reports in the Leader-Post: Even the old office fax machine can pose a security breach, Saskatchewan’s information and privacy commissioner warned Monday. Gary Dickson’s office was recently handed a roll of thermal film from a fax machine that had been sold by public auction to someone in Prince Albert, likely in late...