Category Archives: Privacy News

Cousin Stole Millions and Patient Records

In a case of two people who will be going away for a LONG time, police say two cousins stole more than 1,100 personal information from patients and then used them in a crime trilogy. After stealing the records, the pair proceeded to commit identity theft, and managed to bill more than $2.8 million dollars…

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…

HIPAA vs. ‘Incidental Disclosure’

We all overhear confidential conversations we probably shouldn’t in various medical settings. Sometimes, it’s inadvertent: through thin examination-room walls, through flimsy curtains between hospital beds. Sometimes, it’s downright impossible *not* to hear details you shouldn’t. We’ve all seen those doctors who waltz into waiting rooms to divulge (very personal) information to a pateint’s family …and…

California Regional Health Information Organization Recommends Data Standards

The CalRHIO has put out a list of of recommended data standards that is needed to have everything connected through out the State of California. This map is more like a guide for California health organizations as they move into the latest technology that is needed. This map shows what the standard is at the…

Private Health Information Isn’t Really Private

Right now HIPAA allows your private medical information to be shared many times by hundreds of thousands of people. The way the rules are now HIPAA for the purpose of your treatment, bill collecting, law enforcement and your employer. All that seems reasonable. HIPAA, for example, allows your doctor to discuss your case with, say,…

Groups Join Forces For Medical Privacy

Congress is trying to look toward the future and become more technology minded by building a national electronic health system. A group of 26 national groups however are asking that at the middle of any such system they add a patients privacy rights to protect patients. “Patients own their health data and should control who…

Database Plan Needs to Extend HIPPA

A Congressional health subcommittee heard testimony on plans to develop a new medical information database in the United States, and experts said a new federal privacy law would be needed to expand HIPPA to cover the database, according to a story by UPI. HIPPA covers breaches of health privacy by health plans and providers, but…

Barbara Clark’s HIPAA Lawsuit & Investigation

A press release came across the wire recently, put out by Barbara Clark’s people, stating: Nearly one year ago, Barbara Clark, a former Adventist nurse, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) concerning the breach of confidentiality of her medical records under HIPAA; the federal Health Insurance Portability and…

UK: All-In-One ID Card Not Such a Hot Idea

It looks like our good neighbors across the pond have vetoed an all-in-one ID card proposal by the British government. The BBC reports: Plans to combine new compulsory identity cards with passports and driving licences have been dropped by Home Secretary David Blunkett. The UK Home Office’s official response: “When cost, implementation and risk considerations…

Ohio Justices to Determine whether State Law Trumps HIPAA

Here’s an interesting twist on the old federal vs. state jurisdictional dispute. First Amendment Center is reporting: COLUMBUS, Ohio — A newspaper wants to report on homes, many of them rented, where lead paint has harmed children. The city health department fears federal fines and penalties if it complies with the state’s open-records law. In…

Scary: Worm Writers Have Turned Pro

Just came across an alarming article about how spyware / wormware writers are using professional software development methods to craft Internet worms. Gregg Keizer reports: A pair of research reports have explored the long-running Bagle worm and laid out a chronology that points to a professional developer who, like counterparts in the commercial software world,…

St. Joseph Hospital Medical Records Stolen?

The privacy spot reports: According to the Houston Chronicle, Christus St. Joseph Hospital sent approximately 16,000 letters to patients informing them that a computer stolen in a burglary earlier this year may have contained some of their medical records and Social Security numbers. According to the hospital letters, the only patient files affected, to their…

IBM and Accenture Buy Health Care Firms

Just catching up on a bit of HIPAA / Healthcare / Privacy news of late. Seems IBM announced that it was acquiring Healthlink, the largest U.S. consulting firm dedicated to the health-care industry. Rochelle Garner of CRN reports: IBM announced Tuesday that it will buy Healthlink, the largest U.S. consulting firm dedicated to the health-care…