Nursing Voices

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Big Oops! Georgians' Health Records Posted On Web

So much for privacy. I found this news story this morning while I was eating breakfast. According to the report WellCare Health Plans Inc. mistakenly put the private records of up to 71,000 Georgians on the Internet. The report also went on to say that this was a potential HIPAA violation. POTENTIAL violation? Imagine what would happen to someone working in a health care facility if they disclosed the records of ONE individual on the Internet. It will be interesting to see what happens next. The families whose data may have been accessed are members of the federal Medicaid health program for the poor, and the federal-state PeachCare for Kids program for children of the working poor.

1 Comments:

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

We have the Data Protection Act here in Britain that would make that a criminal offence.

2:49 PM  

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