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Milton, Carney Hospital Records Found at Dump in Georgetown

PatriotLedger.com Aug. 13, 2010 Thousands of records from four area hospitals were found at local dump, exposing sensitive patient data.… Read More

NAID-Canada Dumpster Study Leads to National Media Coverage

Toronto Sun Oct. 28, 2010 A NAID-Canada investigation into the amount of confidential information available in commercial dumpsters led to… Read More

States’ Attorneys General to Undergo HIPAA/HITECH Training

Health and Human Services Dec. 10, 2009 Health and Human Services has asked the General Services Administration (GSA) to contract… Read More

Insurer Agrees to Pay $55,000 for Data Breach

The Vermont Attorney General’s office announced that a Connecticut based insurer, Health Net and Health Net of the Northeast, would… Read More

Medical Marijuana Records Found Near Dumpster

9new.com – Denver, CO Dec. 29, 2010 The Apothecary of Colorado, a medical marijuana dispensary located in Denver, is under… Read More

Georgia Doctor’s Office in Trouble over Discarded Records

WSB Atlanta Nov. 10, 2010 There has seen some fairly intense coverage of a story out of Georgia related to… Read More

MEDICAL RECORDS DUMPED IN PUBLIC RECYCLE BIN

Several folders containing sensitive health information were found at a public recycling bin in Omaha, Nebraska. The folders contained addresses,… Read More

THOUSANDS OF PATIENT RECORDS FOUND IN LANDFILL

Four Boston-area hospitals are investigating a breach of patient confidentiality by an external, independent billing agency (e.g. business associate), which… Read More

HIPAA PHARMACY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

The Office for Civil Rights this week confirmed that it is investigating Walgreens in relation to a four-year-old story involving… Read More

HEALTH DOCUMENTS STREWN IN PARKING LOT

According to the posting, a local TV Station has reported on two similar, yet unrelated, cases of casually discarded medical… Read More

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