Friday, October 24, 2014

Digital Health Investments Reach $3B

Digital health investments in the first three quarters of 2014 reached $3 billion.

In the first half of this year investments had already exceeded those in 2013, according to a report by Rock Health. Analytics and big data were the top two among six business categories favored by investors. The most active investors this year, include Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Venrock, according to a report by StartUp Health.

"The top business types in tech health targeted by investors are analytics and big data."
- Venture Beat
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Sources:
(a) 2014 digital health investments reach $3B, double 2013’s total - www.VentureBeat.com, 10/1/2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FTC to Focus on Privacy, Soltani Named CTO

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has named Ashkan Soltani its new CTO, reinforcing its focus on digital privacy issues.

Mr. Soltani is well known in digital privacy circles as an independent research consultant. He has a history with the FTC, having served there as staff technologist for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. Soltani is replacing Lantanya Sweeney who is returning to Harvard University.

"Naming Soltani CTO signals how seriously the FTC takes the issue of privacy and in particular digital privacy."
- Marc Groman, NAI President and CEO
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Sources:
(a) NAI Head Marc Groman Exits; FTC Ramps Up Privacy Focus with New CTO - www.AdAge.com, 10/22/2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Insider Medical Privacy Breach of a Canadian Politcian

Yesterday we posted about the insider breach of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and now another medical privacy breach of a politician by hospital employees Parliament has been reported.

Olivia Chow confirmed her late husband and former NDP leader Jack Layton had his records inappropriately accessed while being treated at another major Toronto hospital.

"Jack Layton’s medical records were breached."
- Olivia Chow, Jack Layton's wife
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Sources:
(a) Jack Layton’s hospital records were also accessed, Chow says - www.TheGlobeAndMail.com, 10/17/2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hospital Insiders Breach Toronto Mayor's Privacy

Two hospital employees breached Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's privacy by snooping in his medical records, according to the hospital where he was treated.

In Canada it is a Personal Health Information Protection Act offence to collect, use or disclose personal health information, said acting information and privacy commissioner of Ontario Brian Beamish. Any individual found guilty of the offence can be fined up to $50,000 and any organization, up to $250,000

"Two hospital staff members breached privacy when they “inappropriately accessed” Mayor Rob Ford’s health records." - Hospital spokesperson
The hospital reported that an audit discovered the breaches. While it is not uncommon to closely monitor access to VIP medical records monitoring of access to every patient is not as widespread. Healthcare organizations can monitor access to all patient records, by all staff, with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Mayor Rob Ford's privacy breached, hospital says - www.TheStar.com,10/16/2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Police Chief Sentenced for Data Privacy Breach

An Ohio police chief pleaded guilty to misusing the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway to obtain information on people for purposes unrelated to law enforcement. The online secure network shares criminal-justice data among law-enforcement agencies, and is supposed to be used only for official business.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended to a year’s probation for unauthorized use of property. According to the Ohio attorney general, this former police chief can never again be a sworn officer in the state.

"The police chief...misused the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway to obtain information on people for purposes unrelated to law enforcement." - The Columbus Dispatch
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Sources:
(a) Former Laurelville police chief gets probation for system snooping - www.ColumbusDispatch.com,10/17/2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Update on Class Action Lawsuit for Hospital Privacy Breaches

This is an update regarding the class action lawsuit against a Tennessee based hospital group for a breaches of patient privacy.

The hospital's data breach compromised personal patient information including names, addresses, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers. The plantiffs' attorney attorney has said the hospital was "also slow to detect the breaches and take corrective acction."

"[The hospital] was also slow to detect the breaches and take corrective action."
- Turner W. Branch, senior partner of the Branch Law Firm
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Sources:
(a) Class action lawsuit filed against CHS - www.Clinical-Innovation.com, 10/10/2014

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