Laptops in Canada Stolen with Medical Information on over 300,000 patients – Security Breach
Posted Jun 26 2009 5:31pm
This appears to be the story of the week. I wonder how much longer employees will be able to download and use local patient records without connecting to a secured server, where your odds are much better as far as security. The records were not encrypted. Granted, there are problems all over, but those associated with hardware can be prevented. Last week it was Blue Cross shipping paper too, with charts and information being sent to an individual who had no idea why she received them and called authorities. and I thought they were paperless!
There are also situations like this one below, where the time was taken to encrypt, but the passwords were taped on the drives, duh! Something to think about if you are transporting medical information around on a USB drive. There’s a huge need for education with security in all areas. BD
ALBERTA, CANADA – Two laptops containing the health information of more than 300,000 people were reported stolen from Alberta Health Services, leading the information and privacy commissioner of the Canadian province to question the organization's level of security.
The laptops were stolen from a research lab at the University of Alberta Hospital earlier this month, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Information on the laptops included names, birth dates, personal health numbers and lab test results for communicable and reportable diseases that reportedly were not encrypted.