Monthly Archives: June 2006

Worried About HIPAA Privacy?

While some are up in arms about the whole Rush Limbaugh Viagra privacy debacle, I am more interested in all the thefts that been going on. It seems to be a recurring story week after week. Only recently the Federal Trade Commission had their own breach, which was due to someone stealing a laptop from…

Here We Go Again

In Ohio, University officials have reportedly suspended two technology workers after hackers broke into school computers (for the fifth or sixth time) and stole more than 170,000 social security numbers. This includes students and faculty alone and there have been almost 20 complaints of identity theft in recent months by both groups as well. This…

Right To Know Rules

In most States there is something called a Right To Know law and unfortunately it looks to be overruling the HIPAA. If you want your privacy protected someone can simply go right over you by using that law and people are only just noticing this. How will this be fixed and how soon? Well considering…

Was The Porn Worth It?

A worker at Oregon Department of Revenue was busy surfing porn instead of working this week and a trojan snuck onto the computer and stole more than 2,200 taxper ID’s and other information. Included with the identities were social security numbers, addresses and names that got into the hands of who knows who and who…

Laptop With D.C. Workers Private Info Stolen

Once again a laptop with private information was stolen, this time from the home of a worker at ING U.S. Financial Services. This seems to be happening a lot lately, or it’s just being reported more now than it was in the past. I would think that companies would take a hard look at their own businesses…

Veteran Information Is Still In Danger

Government investigators say that the VA information is still in danger after the theft a few weeks ago. Problems that allowed that breach is still not fix and won’t be fixed for sometime. VA officials are accused of not monitoring what information employees had control of and what and where they took that information. Over the…

Times Change But Can Doctors?

When implementing an EMR it seems that most doctors and medical staff don’t want to affect changes. Many feel like the system works and should be left just the way it is. The problem with that thinking is that everything around is and does change. If you don’t put plans up in advance you will…

Lock Down Privacy and Increase Savings

It seems that only after a major disaster happens that problems are then addressed and sometimes fixed. That is especially true in the world of security and HIPAA. As director of technology for Kettering Medical Center Network, Burritt is in charge of the technology infrastructure for a group of five hospitals and 51 medical facilities…

The Lesser Known Medical Identity Theft

Identity theft happens every day and it is getting more abundant by the minute. But there is another identity theft that is little known and hardly talked about and you can lose more than your money, you can also lose your life. Medical identity theft is being commited throughout hospitals as we speak and what…

VA Recalls Work Laptops

In a very smart decision the Veterans Affairs (VA) has decided to recall the laptops that workers are allowed to take home with them after one was stolen. A little late in my opinion because this seems to happen a lot and I feel that only after this big one has happened we are now…

Identity Theft: One Million Dollar Liability

In one of the worst cases of identity theft that I have heard so far, a woman named Audra Schmierer was a stay at home mom for six years and now that her little boy is ready for school she is ready to get back to work. After applying to a temp agency she was…

Stolen Laptop With Private Information

Once again laptops with people’s personal information has been stolen. This time from a business in Ohio. One of the laptops contained personal data of more than 72,000 medicaid recipients. This seems to be a growing problem lately. People stealing electronics that is holding information on sometimes millions of consumers. And people do need to…

No Fine In HIPAA

It has been little over three years since Americans recieved laws for their medical privacy and in that time there has been over 19, 420 complaints against individuals and companies alike. The problem is despite all of these laws there has not been one person fined for anything. And only two criminal cases were prosecuted….