Feb 152019
 February 15, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Court, Healthcare

Brett Kelman reports: A former Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctor who is accused of using his hospital privileges to snoop into the private medical records of his ex-wife has filed a lawsuit against the hospital for refusing to defend him in court. Dr. Douglas Burka, who was a surgical resident at [Read More…]

Feb 152019
 February 15, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Ugh.DutchNews.nl reports: Students working for extra cash at Amsterdam’s OLVG hospital group have for years been given complete access to the medical records system, allowing them to read personal information about friends, family and famous people, the Volkskrant said on Friday. The leak was made public by a philosophy student [Read More…]

Feb 142019
 February 14, 2019  Posted by  Business, Healthcare, Online, Surveillance, U.S.

Jacqueline Howard reports: A pair of public health experts has called for Facebook to be more transparent in the way it screens posts for suicide risk and to follow certain ethical guidelines, including informed consent among users. The social media giant details its suicide prevention efforts online and says it [Read More…]

Feb 112019
 February 11, 2019  Posted by  Healthcare, Laws, U.S.

Joe Cadillic sent along this news report on a serious real-world problem: protecting the safety of patients and hospital staff when healthcare  privacy laws prohibit you from involving non-healthcare professionals.  Amy Kolb Noyes and Peter Hirschfeld of  VPR report: A shortage of mental health treatment beds in Vermont has forced [Read More…]