UK: Hospital's high risk over patients' records

John Morgan reports: There is a “high risk” of patient data being lost at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. A risk assessment by the hospital itself states that the high volume of data handled at the trust by a high number of staff means the risk cannot be eliminated altogether. The News has found that information lost...

Los Angeles Area Health Care Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud

  A La Crescenta man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges of defrauding Medicare by using patients’ Medicare identification numbers without their knowledge, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Thomas P. O’Brien announced. Between August 2003 and April 2008, Melkon...

Landmark 20-year study to assess impact of personal genetic testing

A consortium of US healthcare, technology and research leaders have joined forces in a first-of-its-kind research study to assess the behavioural impact of personal genetic testing on people who choose to receive such screenings to identify their potential risk for developing certain diseases. Sponsored by the US Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), the study...

UK: Health staff warned over data

HEALTH workers have been threatened with police action if they break data protection laws. In a note to NHS Lothian staff, bosses said there was a “zero tolerance” approach to the issue. The reminder comes after a memory stick containing 137 patient records was lost earlier this year. Read more in Edinburgh Evening News

Few Americans confident in privacy of EHRs

Rebecca Vessely reports: Many Americans want electronic health records, and say they would access their personal health information online, but the majority are concerned about confidentiality issues, according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization. But just 12% reported they are extremely or very confident that their...

Ohio top court mulls Planned Parenthood files

Ohio Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical Tuesday that hundreds of medical records from an abortion clinic are important to the case of a 14-year-old girl impregnated by her soccer coach and who had an abortion without her parents’ consent. In a case that seeks access to private medical files on behalf of a single...

UK: Patient data may have been lost

HEALTH chiefs apologised after admitting they don’t know what happened to the nursing records of thousands of patients stored on a computer database. The machine, containing a range of sensitive details including patients’ individual ailments, was supposed to be destroyed during an upgrade at the Gospel Oak Health Centre, in Lismore Circus. But bosses...

Medical identity theft will be a target of ID study center

Kathryn Foxhall reports: A coalition of public and private groups, including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Secret Service, will open a center at Indiana University study identity theft, including the growing area of health care fraud. The 19 partners in the Center for Applied Identity Management Research (CAIMR) include IBM, LexisNexis, Lockheed...