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Ca: Health records found beside trash

Lori Coolican reports in The StarPhoenix: As he walked past the Mall at Lawson Heights on his way to work Wednesday, Garnet Nicholson noticed an envelope on the ground by a garbage can outside the entrance to a department store. Something about it struck him as odd, so he went over and looked inside....

TX: Settlement reached over medical records

Liz Austin Peterson reports in the Houston Chronicle: The Harris County Hospital District and the Texas Attorney General’s Office have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the privacy of medical records for a Houston jail inmate who died while hog-tied in a padded cell, a hospital district spokesman said this week. The hospital district...

RI: Hospital reports security breach

A security breach was reported at Roger Williams Medical Center. Hospital officials said Dr. Satori Iwamoto, a skin cancer specialist, had a digital camera stolen from an outpatient area. The pictures of at least three cancer patients in various stages of treatment were on the camera. Each picture had the patient’s name on it....

Alert: Pharmacies Are Still Profiting At Your Expense Your Help Is Requested

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has sent me a copy of this release/alert: The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) has been in the forefront in asserting that pharmacies — and their marketing partners, the big pharmaceutical companies — act improperly when using the medical information in customer prescriptions to sell more drugs. Albertsons, a supermarket powerhouse...

Hospitals Struggle With Access Control

Sharon Linsenbach writes in eWeek: Despite increased awareness of access control issues, healthcare providers continue to struggle with security and compliance related to user access, according to the results of a survey conducted at the Health Information Management and Systems Society 2008 conference in February. The survey, conducted by enterprise provisioning and access control...