Friday, June 14, 2013

Private Rx Info Breach at State Database

Florida's E-FORCE program was "to encourage safer prescribing of controlled substances and to reduce drug abuse and diversion within the state" but as some feared it has put private health data at risk.

The ACLU of Florida said “The private medical information of more than 3,000 Floridians — namely what prescription drugs they take, the dosage, their date of birth, address and the name of the pharmacy that dispensed the prescription, ended up in the hands of third parties who simply have no legal right to know which law-abiding citizens are taking which prescribed medications."

"None of the 3,300 individuals involved either gave their consent or was notified of the release. The violation only became known when one individual unrelated to the criminal investigations became aware of the privacy breach."
- FloridaWatchdog.org
Supposedly the E-FORCE program must comply with federal and state privacy laws and regulations; if this is the case then an "accounting of disclosures," a report of what patient data and to whom it was released, should be available.

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Sources:
(a) Floridians see private Rx info leaked from state database - www.FloridaWatchdog.org, 06/13/2013

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