MS: Nursing Home Identity Theft

Indictments are returned against three Jackson women accused of stealing from a nursing home resident. Jamise James, 28, and Brittany Slaughter, 22, have been arrested. James is charged with conspiracy and fraudulent use of a social security number. Slaughter is charged with conspiracy. Ashley “Pig” Showers, 25,  has not been arrested yet. She fled in a...

Privacy concerns halt DNA database

Jason Felch of the Los Angeles Times reports: The National Institutes of Health quietly blocked public access to databases of patient DNA profiles after learning of a study that found the genetic information may not be as anonymous as previously believed, the Los Angeles Times has learned. NIH officials took the unusual step on...

ID theft gets woman uplift, tuck, 9 months in jail

Gary Klien reports in the Marin Independent Journal: A Martinez woman who used another person’s identity to get a $20,000 breast lift and tummy tuck in Greenbrae was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in the Marin County Jail. She nearly got away with it, but a get-well bouquet and a navel itch were her...

UK: Patients’ details lost by hospitals

Neil Macfarlane reports in The Northern Echo: PATIENTS’ representatives have spoken of their outrage after scores of confidential files were lost by North-East NHS trusts. The papers include private data such as medical history notes, prescription charts and laboratory results. Among the missing data is a bundle of 19 files that a consultant left...

UK: Wirral PCT faces local data privacy backlash

Wirral Primary Care Trust has delayed plans to introduce a telephone support service provided by a US contractor, after a local outcry at plans to transfer extracts from patient records to a private company. The proposed new health coaching service, called ‘Wirral Keep Well’, provided by Health Dialog, a US subsidiary of Bupa that...

UK: Health board admits losing patients’ data

Steward Paterson of The Herald reports: New controls on computerised data storage have been introduced at a Scottish health authority after equipment containing patients’ sensitive details were lost. Two computer memory sticks were reported as lost or stolen earlier this year by staff at NHS Dumfries and Galloway. New guidelines are now being implemented...

Security Breach: More Laws Needed. Let's Add Health Care

Over on InformationWeek, George Hulme is singing our tune: But let’s just stick to health care. More than 1.5 million patient records at hospitals have been exposed by data breaches during 2006 and 2007, according to the 2008 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data, commissioned by Kroll Fraud Solutions. That begs the...

Who's reading your medical files today?

Sue A. Blevins of nstitute for Health Freedom in Washington writes in the Christian Science Monitor: How would you feel about your personal health information flowing freely over the Internet between public health officials, healthcare providers, insurance and data clearinghouse companies, and others – without your permission? If this doesn’t sound like a good...

UK: NHS hit by new data losses

Kate Foster of Scotland on Sunday reports: THE loss of confidential personal data has become so widespread that patients’ groups last night launched a campaign to tighten up security in the NHS. The move comes as Scotland on Sunday reveals hundreds of cases of breaches concerning patients’ notes. Two lost USB computer memory sticks...