Medical Privacy Reckless disregard
Sometimes people's most personal matters are treated with a careless attitude.
This is typified by Wired magazine saying "forget medical privacy" and asked people to "create public profiles listing their symptoms, medications, and other details long deemed too sensitive to share.". the Cyber Secure Institute said the idea was profoundly stupid (1).
Boxes of documents with confidential patient information like Social Security numbers and personal medical history. They were discarded near medial office building. The records were retrieved by a doctor 90 minutes after they were discovered (2 ).
The largest drug store chain in the US CVS Caremark Corp. had pay several million dollars to settle federal charges that employees had violated customers medical privacy by throwing prescription records and drug bottles into open trash bins. The records contained information like bearing patient names, credit-card and insurance information, and Social Security numbers (3).
In Canada a head Doctor who was forced to leave his practice because of a stroke. The other doctors in the practice also decided to go their separate ways. Some took their patient records with them however more than three thousand patient charts were left behind, thus completely abandoned (4 ).
In 2009 at Chattanooga Tennessee police responded to a report of someone discarding medical records and financial information at the cities recycling center (5 ).
More medical records that had been discarded were in found garbage truck in Montgomery Alabama. Two private citizens Terri Neill and Ricky Holmes found these records. Terri Neill said "There were medical files inside the truck and all over the ground around the truck. Files with names, numbers, and information," (6 ).
A former employee of UCLA Medical Center sold medical information of high profile and celebrity patients to the National Enquirer. She was charged and plead guilt to of violating federal medical privacy law for commercial purposes in U.S. District Court (7 ).
A report showed that at UCLA Medical Center 1,041 patients had their records inappropriately accessed, 165 hospital employees (from doctors to orderlies) were disciplined through warnings suspensions and firings (8 ).
Some health insurance companies disclosed information of current or prospective employees. In 1996 35 percent of fortune 500 companies said they drew on personal health information to make employment decisions (9 ).