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Ie: Privacy – for dead patient

Ian McGuinness writes in the Irish Medical Times: The Health Service Executive tried to argue that it had to protect the right to privacy of a deceased patient, the Information Commissioner has revealed. Ms Emily O’Reilly explained the situation in her recent Annual Report for 2007. Without giving the name of the hospital, Ms...

Illinois identity theft suspect jailed in Las Vegas

Attorneys in Peoria say a former Illinois Eye Center receptionist accused of using confidential patient information for identity theft has been in jail in Las Vegas for nearly three weeks. Attorneys said thos (sic) week that Andrea Jordan was arrested in Las Vegas on April 28 as she was going to the grocery store....

Records missing from Ala. mental health department

Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation officials say records containing patient information have gone missing. Index cards with patients’ names, social security numbers and birthdates were recently discovered missing at Greil Hospital in Montgomery. Full story – WZTV

Ie: HSE downplays medical files find (update)

In an update yesterday to city and county councillors on the medical records found buried in a former landfill outside Cork, the Health Service Executive (HSE) claimed there were “only 15 fully legible sets of notes”. Addressing the regional health forum south, Gerry O’Dwyer, network manager of the Southern Hospitals’ Group, said the majority...

PHR vendor launches "In Case of Emergency" program for mobile phones

Richard Pizzi describes a new consumer-oriented service from AccessMyRecords.com in Healthcare IT News. Enrollees would be able to activate a setting in their account that would allow their emergency health histories to be accessed from their cell phones in case of emergency so that first responders, paramedics, etc., could obtain vital information. This is...