Hospital admits error in handling I.D. theft

Glenn Nyback of the Staten Island Advance reports: As tens of thousands of Staten Island University Hospital patients seethe over the decision by hospital administrators to wait four months before informing them that a computer containing their personal information was stolen, SIUH’s chief executive conceded officials could have handled the situation differently. The hospital...

HIMSS survey on attitudes about PHR

Two of the more interesting findings from the May 2008 HIMSS Vantage Point report : 49% of respondents have agreed that the biggest barrier that they face to the use of a personal health record is a concern that their information will be private and secure. 92% of respondents indicated that they, the patient,...

Deschutes County notifies mental health clients of missing records

On Saturday, May 3, the Deschutes County Mental Health Department sent certified letters to 50 individuals who received services from the Department during 2005-06. The letters inform the clients that the location of their copied service documents, mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to the State, is unknown. The letter also offers assistance from...

For-profit HIEs are the answer, entrepreneur says

Danger, Will Robinson! Nancy Ferris reports in Government Health IT: Multi-stakeholder collaboratives? No way. Public-private partnerships to develop health information exchanges? Forget about it. For-profit, businesslike HIEs are the way to go in the current environment, according to a company president who says the free enterprise model can deliver results better, faster and cheaper....

Day Care Leaves Behind Personal Files

Catharyn Campbell reports: Some customers are worried about their personal information after a local day care went out of business and left their files behind. The bank foreclosed on the property in December, and earlier this week someone took items from the former business. “About a year ago some lady took over that nursery....

Ca: Abbott: Health data safe despite lapse

John Bermingham of Canwest News Service reports: Health Minister George Abbott says the health information of B.C. residents is safe, after his ministry was criticized for losing data on 124 patients. Information and Privacy Commissioner David Louki-delis censured the Health Ministry yesterday for sending unprotected computer tapes by courier to New Brunswick last October,...

Macau: Patient health details stolen

Details of some 200 patients’ health reports were yesterday stolen from the Centro Hospitalar Conde de São Januário (CHCSJ). According to information released by the Health Bureau, two sets of computers were stolen from the office yesterday which contained the data. After checking its records, the hospital said the two stolen computers contained...

Benefits of electronic health records will soon kill privacy

Jay Cline writes: In five years, the privacy debate over personal health records will be over, and you and I will be storing our medical records at a central location. Why? Because the benefits of better care and less paperwork will outweigh our current fears about data breaches and inappropriate data sharing. So,...