Are Your Medical Records at Risk?

Sarah Rubenstein writes in the Wall Street Journal: When it comes to protecting the privacy of patients’ computerized information, the main threat the health-care industry faces isn’t from hackers, but from itself. Read the full story at WSJ

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association reports laptop stolen

The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association reported to the New Hampshire Department of Justice that a laptop was stolen from a staff member’s vehicle on April 16. The laptop contained birth date and social security numbers for 15 clients. CRVNA believes that the risk of ID theft is low because of the three...

How Personal Health Records Could Make Care Less Efficient

Jacob Goldstein writes in the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog: High hopes are afoot for personal health records, online homes where patients can store their medical information to take from doctor to doctor and keep track of things like prescriptions and test results. Microsoft and Google, among others, are jumping in the patient-controlled record...

HIMSS Survey Points to ''Access'' As the Number One IT Security Concern

From the press release: According to a survey conducted at the HIMSS 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition, 64 percent of respondents cited “access” as their number one IT security concern, highlighting the importance of controlling user access to clinical systems and applications in healthcare environments. Additionally, 60 percent of attendees surveyed cite the threat...

(update) Bank of Ireland laptop theft affected 30,000

The number of Bank of Ireland customers affected by the theft of laptops last year has risen to over 30,000, RTÉ News reports.  You can read more on this at  RTÉ News. Because the records also include medical information, it is not clear how many customers have now had their medical information stolen in...

FL: Possible security breach concerns patients

There may have been a serious security breach at University Community Hospital in Tampa. A Lutz man who was discharged Thursday says he was given medical records and other personal information belonging to four other patients. Eddie Covington says he discovered the documents Saturday mixed in with his own discharge papers. He told us...

Virginia Beach: Pretty good health privacy

Brian Robinson reports in Government Health IT: When sharing health information, government agencies must abide by rules established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which does not allow such information to be transmitted unprotected via public networks. That seems like a simple rule, but schemes that provide secure sharing, such as...

Senate bill won't prevent genetic discrimination, privacy activist says

Diana Manos writes in Healthcare IT News: A genetic nondiscrimination bill approved Thursday by a Senate panel won’t protect people from potentially losing their jobs or health insurance if the information gets out electronically, a privacy activist said. Deborah Peel, MD, founder of Patient Privacy Rights, said the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), approved...

Rash of Breaches Coincides With Health Privacy & Security Week

George Lauer of iHealthBeat reports: The timing couldn’t have been better — or worse, depending on your perspective. April 13 through 19 was Health Information Privacy and Security Week. Started five years ago by the American Health Information Management Association, the week’s intent is to schedule events and publicity to raise public and professional...

UK: Medical records left on public transport

CONFIDENTIAL medical details of more than 1,000 patients have been exposed after a hospital employee left them on public transport. The Addenbrooke’s Hospital worker lost a spreadsheet stored on a USB memory stick along with a printed copy of 1,300 patient names and test records. The details include the dates and types of tests...