Medical Privacy Reckless disregard
Medical records from over a thousand patients of Albany New York Northeast Orthopaedics had accidently been place online(16 ).
A possible violation of medical privacy happened in Wisconsin, the breach may have exposed 1,400 Brown County employee medical information. A federal investigation ensued. The breech was possibly caused by transferring employees medical records to a computer of a county executive sent them to an outside actuary for a study on increased health care costs (17 ).
In Hawaii a woman was sentence for posting medical records of an AIDS patient on the internet, she took the records when she worked at a clinic (18 ).
A public health worker gave two newspapers a computer disk that had the name of 4,000 names of HIV patients. Computer hackers gained access to thousands computer files at University of Washington Medical Center in 2001. Also about 5,000 confidential medical records where access by hackers at Drexel University College of Medicine(19 ).
A medical benefits management company called "Express Scripts" received a extortion letter threatening to release millions of private records. The letter contained the names, dates of birth and social security numbers of approximately 75 clients. Express Scripts notified the FBI and an internal breach of security has been ruled out(20 ).
A hacker broke into Virginia DHP Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) who demanded a 10 million dollar ransom in a note. The hacker claimed in his note that the hacker had backed up and encrypted 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions, then deleted the orginal data. The back ups of these files are also missing (21 ).
It was discovered that from October 6 2008 to April 9 2009 hackers gain access to University of California, Berkeley computer databases. This put the personal information of 160,000 students, alumni and others. The information that was at risk as include Social Security numbers, health insurance information and some medical records dating back to 1999. The school said "Evidence uncovered to date suggests that this attack was launched by highly skilled criminal operations based overseas," (22 ).
Close to 500,000 Americans might be at risk of medical identity theft and 20,000 complaints have been made to the Federal Trade Commission (23 ).