UK: University employees' records stolen from security van

Details of more than 3,000 current and former employees of Birmingham City University were among 35,000 private health customer records stolen from a security van. Personal information including their home addresses, dates of birth, claims details and scanned letters of correspondence were stored on a computer tape stolen from the van. The tape containing...

TX: Confidential files found in dumpster

Files containing personal information were found in a dumpster outside a storage facility. Now, a dentist is apologizing. The business sits along the North Freeway at North Vista in the Spring area. Dr. Jake Duong says he stores records at the business and an assistant accidentally left the files outside. “We actually have storage...

Walter Reed says patient data may be compromised (update)

Jennifer C. Kerr reports: Sensitive information on about 1,000 patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals was exposed in a security breach, sparking identity theft concerns and an investigation by the Army. Names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and other information was released, hospital officials said Monday. The computer file...

UK: Secret documents found in street were stolen

Confidential papers which were discovered in a street in Gorleston were stolen during a burglary of an NHS building, police enquiries have revealed. A number of items of post, which included one pack of police referrals to Children’s Services, were stolen from a letter box at the Newberry Clinic in Lowestoft Road following a...

Walter Reed says patient data may have been compromised

Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center say personal information on about 1,000 patients may have been revealed in a breach of sensitive data. The officials said Monday they learned of the apparent security problem on May 21 from an outside company, which they did not identify. Full story – Chicago Tribune

Senate bill OKs druggists' sharing patient files

Elizabeth Fernandez reports in the San Francisco Chronicle: A bill that would allow pharmacies in California to share patient prescription information with third-party businesses working for drugmakers was approved in the state Senate 21-16 Thursday. Under the legislation, pharmaceutical companies could send mailings directly to patients suffering from illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson’s and...

Ca: Police find stolen computer device containing health records

New Glasgow police say they’ve recovered a computer memory stick containing the personal information of 150 people who used mental-health services in Pictou County. Someone has admitted to stealing the device and trying to destroy it, but no charges are expected, the Pictou County Health Authority said Friday. The health authority said police believe...

Draft of major health IT bill unveiled in House

Nancy Ferris reports in Government Health IT: Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its health subcommittee have released a draft of a major health information technology bill that has several parallels to the Wired for Health Care Quality bill pending in the Senate. The House bill’s backers are the full committee’s...

Flash drive holding health records stolen in New Glasgow

New Glasgow police are investigating the theft of a computer memory stick from a Pictou County Health Authority office. The authority says they’ve contacted about two thirds of the 150 clients who received child and adolescent mental health services since last August. The flash drive was stolen from an employee’s desk Tuesday. Full story...

Pa: Records Being Moved Out Of Old Clinic (update)

WJAC TV reports: An abandoned Cambria County clinic has been causing problems for both neighbors and the building’s owners, especially after the building was broken into and medical records were thrown in and around the old clinic. Once those medical records showed up on the road leading to the old Colver Clinic, people began...