Monday, November 26, 2007

Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach

Lisa Vaas writes on eWeek:

Canadian health authorities have lost intimate medical data including HIV and hepatitis test results for an undetermined number of citizens in a recent security breach, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador admitted Nov. 26.

According to a media release, on the evening of Nov. 20, a consultant employed by the Provincial Public Health Laboratory was contacted at his home office by an unidentified security researcher. The researcher told the consultant that he was in possession of patient information stored on the consultant's computer. That patient information includes names, MCP (Medical Care Plan) numbers, age, sex, physician and test results for infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis.

That information is normally stored on computers within the PHL. In this case, however, a computer was taken home inappropriately, Health Minister Ross Wiseman told news outlets.

More here.


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