09 Jun '13, 2am

"@engnunes: U.S. States Selling Hospital Data that Puts Patients' Privacy at Risk via @IEEESpectrum"

The Spokane hospital where the individual was treated sent as required all of his medical treatment information including his age, ZIP code, admission dates, and payment information to Washington State’s Department of Health Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System , or CHARS, a database of 650 000 previous state health care hospitalizations which is available for sale to the public. Bloomberg News bought the information for apparently less than US $175, and with some data analytic help by Harvard University’s Data Privacy Lab , was able to re-identify the individual as well as other patients who had received treatment at the same hospital.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/computing/it/us-state...

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