Hk: Patient data security proposals welcomed

The Hospital Authority will implement the Taskforce on Patient Data Security & Privacy’s 26 recommendations within two years to improve the protection of patient data. The authority appointed the taskforce in May following cases of lost electronic devices containing patient data. Releasing its review report today taskforce chairman Stephen Lau said the authority has...

HSE laptop containing personal information stolen

The HSE is confirming that a laptop, blackberry phone and a data disk containing the personal information of more than 1,000 healthcare workers has been stolen. The Executive is apologising for the incident and has begun contacting those affected. In a statement, the HSE says the laptop, blackberry and data disk were stolen from...

Laptop Computer Stolen From Salina Hospital (update 1)

No specific mention of patient data, but what are the odds…. Todd Pittenger reports: Salina Police are looking for a laptop computer that is missing from Salina Regional Health Center. Salina Deputy Police Chief Carson Mansfield says the computer was stolen from the Emergency Room sometime between 7:00 in the morning Saturday and 11:00...

UK: Patient details stolen from surgery

A SAFE containing computer back-up tapes which hold personal health information about patients registered at St Pauls Surgery in Winchester was stolen during a burglary over the weekend. A spokesman said: “We would like to reassure patients registered at the surgery that the chances of anyone being able to do anything untoward with the...

UK: GMC launches formal consultation on confidentiality

The GMC has today launched a formal consultation on updating its guidance on doctors’ obligations to respect confidentiality and patients’ privacy. The move has been prompted by the need to clarify doctors’ ability to comply with the current guidance, in light of changes in legislation and the impact of the web on the availability...

MD Anderson clerk accused of ID theft

Brian Rogers reports: A 26-year-old former clerk at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is being sought on charges that she stole identities of hospital patients, prosecutors said Monday. Angelina Cloud-Equam is accused of fraudulent use and possession of identifying information, a third-degree felony, said Donna Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the Harris...

MT: Panel weighs prescription database: Privacy issues raised

Tristan Scott reports: Cancer survivor Lois Fitzpatrick worries that a prescription drug database proposed for the upcoming session of the Montana Legislature would compromise her privacy and hinder patients’ access to pain medications. Mark Long, chief of the narcotics bureau for Montana’s Division of Criminal Investigations, fears that if the drug registry fails, addicts...

NY: County Owned Laptop Stolen

The Erie County Executive’s office issued a statement Friday announcing a county laptop comuter was reported stolen from a county health facility at 608 William Street. The county says the theft appears to have occurred on or about August 28th. County Attorney Cheryl Green says once staff discovered the theft, they reported it...

Data breach, mailing error effecting St. Mary's patients (follow-up)

A mailing processing error has affected notifications to 7,000 clients and patients of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno about a possible data breach. Hospital officials say the credit reporting bureau Equifax sent initial notification letters to incorrect post office boxes. In all, Saint Mary’s sent letters to about 128,000 people in July...

UK: NHS hit by loss of sexual health data

A memory stick containing information about the STI tests of 146 people has gone missing from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. All patients have been informed of the loss. The stick is assumed to have been stolen on Thursday 21st August. Read more in Pink News