World Privacy Forum’s Medical Identity Theft Map

This article introduces the World Privacy Forum’s (WPF) medical identity theft map, an interactive map that locates medical identity theft complaints collected from 2008-9 by the Federal Trade Commission. The article also provides a definition of “medical identity theft,” as well as resources for victims of medical ID [...]


Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)

Prior to the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act, there were many cases in which patients’ private and confidential information was compromised without knowledge of the health care provider. These data breaches led to legal complications, damage to the brand image and loss of clientele.

What is the HITECH Act?

Enacted on February 17, 2009, the HITECH Act ensures the privacy and security of patient health information. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the HITECH Act made significant changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Particularly, the [...]


Data Breaches Cost US Hospitals $6 Billion Annually

The 2010 Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The study revealed that data breaches were costing hospitals across the US up to $6 billion each year. Breaches of patient information are largely undetected by the organization, due to lack of priority, resources, preparation and staffing for privacy and security [...]


Online Assurance Programs

Online assurance programs were created to independently regulate information privacy and build consumer trust, especially with regard to Internet transactions. These programs play a big role in countries, like the United States, which rely on industry self-regulation, rather than strong government oversight to ensure the protection of consumer [...]


Abandoned Medical Records happen... Will abandoned EHR happen more?

Abandoned medical records and their privacy implications made the news in two separate incidents over the past 10 days in Massachusetts and Alberta. The push to Electronic Health Records will solve the problem of loss for patients, but will introduce a whole host of other [...]