Kenneth Ofgang reports: The California Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether healthcare regulators violated the state Constitution’s privacy clause when they accessed a local doctor’s prescribing records as part of an investigation into claims of unprofessional conduct. The justices, at their weekly conference in San Francisco Wednesday, voted 5-0 to review the ruling of [...]
One of the (all too many) frustrations with trying to learn from HHS’s public breach tool is that they do not let us know when they’ve updated an older entry or closed an investigation. In December of 2012, I had reported three additions to the breach tool for which I could find no information online. [...]
Is your security up to this challenge? Simon Hartley reports: Police are investigating after attempts were allegedly made to hack a nationwide patient database. In an email obtained by the Otago Daily Times, Southern Primary Health Organisation clinical adviser Keith Abbott, of Dunedin, warned GPs and health organisations about the ”significant hacking attempt” on September 9. [...]
Peter Chura reports that Winnipeg health officials are blaming a lapse in security for the theft of a laptop containing 322 hepatology patients’ confidential information. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced Friday that a doctor’s laptop was stolen “recently” from an office at the Health Sciences Centre. Read more on Global News.
GAO released yet another report on Healthcare.gov on this week (the first one was noted here). From the highlights: Enrollment through Healthcare.gov is supported by the exchange of information among many systems and entities. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has overall responsibility for key information [...]