Anti-Discrimination Bill Inadvertently Legalizes Sharing of Genetic Information Without Patient Consent

  The Institute for Health Freedom has published a new article on its site: “While authors of the recently passed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (H.R. 493) had good intentions, the bill inadvertently legalizes the sharing of genetic information without patient consent,” says Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom (IHF)....

Finjan finds patient data on hackers' server

In its latest Malicious Page of the Month Report , Finjan, Inc. reports that it discovered … a server controlled by hackers (Crimeserver) containing more than 1.4 Gigabyte of business and personal data stolen from infected PCs. The data consisted of 5,388 unique log files. Both email communications and web-related data were among them....

Canada: Fax had personal information

Angela Hall reports in the Leader-Post: Even the old office fax machine can pose a security breach, Saskatchewan’s information and privacy commissioner warned Monday. Gary Dickson’s office was recently handed a roll of thermal film from a fax machine that had been sold by public auction to someone in Prince Albert, likely in late...

Hospitals in Hong Kong lose data on 3,000 patients in thefts

Data on more than 3,000 patients in Hong Kong public hospitals has been lost through the theft of computer memory sticks, officials said Monday. Nine memory sticks have been stolen from five hospitals across the city of 6.9 million in the past year, the hospital authority’s chief executive Shane Solomon said. A task force...

AHIMA Releases Privacy Roundtable Report

A new privacy and security report from four leading HIM experts is now available. In “Online, on Message, on Duty: Privacy Experts Share Their Challenges” four experts in health information privacy participated in a roundtable discussion on key issues related to the privacy and security of health information-and ways in which the industry may...

TX: Sensitive Information Found Blowing In The Wind

Seema Mathur reports for CBS11: Piles of documents with private information were found out in the open at an abandoned health care facility that was demolished in Fort Worth. Harry Daughtry lives near the rubble. Until this weekend, Daughtry said the abandoned health care facility had been a nuisance for years. After the demolition...

NZ: Privacy fears over demand for health figures

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald: The Government wants to force private health services and funders to provide statistics, sparking patient-privacy objections and a demand for payment. The Public Health Bill extends the obligation to provide statistics requested by the Health Minister, which now rests with district health boards, to “any provider...

Internet Health Records: Convenience at a Cost?

Joanne Silberner writes on NPR: “There are Web sites that allow you to keep information about your medical treatment online, where you and your doctor can access it easily. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday asks if electronic medical records are the next big thing in health care. The...