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UCLA staffer looked through Farrah Fawcett's medical records

Charles Ornstein reports in the Los Angeles Times: Months before UCLA Medical Center caught its staffers snooping in the medical records of pop star Britney Spears, ’70s TV icon Farrah Fawcett learned that a hospital employee had surreptitiously gone through records of her cancer treatments there, documents and interviews show. Fawcett’s lawyers said they...

Patient Privacy (letter)

Jill Callahan Dennis of the American Health Information Management Association has a letter to the editor of the New York Times: “Safeguarding Private Medical Data” (editorial, March 26) makes an important point about the need for identifiable patient information to be better protected from security and confidentiality breaches. Not all organizations are subject to...

Ca: Alberta Health and Wellness, Nor-Don Collection Network

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta has issued another opinion: Summary: The Complainant complained that Nor-Don Collection Network (Nor-Don) had disclosed his health information to his spouse contrary to the Health Information Act (HIA) during a telephone call. In the alternative, he complained that Nor-Don had disclosed his personal information...

How to engender a false sense of security in patients

In the story about the new Canadian health portal, mydoctor.ca, it says: was asked how the system could guarantee patients’ health information doesn’t end up in the public domain. “The piece that people might get most nervous about would be the secure messaging where people would normally...

Canadian Medical Association launches new online system for patients

 The Canadian Press reports: The Canadian Medical Association launched a new online pilot project Tuesday it says will help patients take a more active role in their health. “It empowers patients,” said Brian Day, the president of the Canadian Medical Association. The new online “tool” was introduced by Day at a news conference and...