Fairview and North Memorial are notifying more than 16,000 patients that they're private data is at risk after someone stole a contractor's laptop computer. Fairview's director of privacy says the information was supposed to be encrypted but was not.
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Minneapolis man dies from injuries days after motorcycle pileup
The 69-year-old died after four days at Regions Hospital.
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Authorities say he may be headed to the metro.
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25-year-old Hopkins man drowns after falling off boat
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Stolen laptop has personal info of 14,000 Fairview patients
Someone stole a laptop belonging to Fairview Health Services that had names, addresses, social security numbers and other private data. Fairview says no financial information was on the computer and that there's no evidence anyone has accessed the data.
State attorney general sues over lost laptop
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a consulting firm for losing a laptop computer filled with private health information for thousands of residents. The suit accuses Accretive Health of violating privacy, consumer protections and debt-collection laws.
Feds probe theft of patient info from Fairview, North Memorial hospitals
Fines or other penalties are possible at the two Twin Cities hospitals. They're on a growing list of institutions that have have had patient records on laptop computers stolen. Experts say hospitals trying to use patient data to cut costs are sharing the information with more consultants -- raising the chances of theft or loss.
Regulators: Billing practices at Fairview violated federal patient-protection laws
The aggressive practices used by the Chicago-based Accrective Health to collect debt from patients could put Fairview's University of Minnesota Medical Center at risk of being terminated from Medicare and Medicaid, according to the Star Tribune. Federal documents obtained by the newspaper show patients and their relatives were subjected to "abuse and harassment'' from debt collectors while waiting for treatment.
River Falls police searching for Schaffhausen's laptop
Police are searching roadsides in western Wisconsin for a laptop computer that belonged to Aaron Schaffhausen, the man charged with murdering his three daughters in their River Falls home last week. Police believe Schaffhausen got rid of the computer after the girls were killed and before he turned himself in.
Fairview Health buys Minneapolis, Bloomington clinics
The Bloomington location will begin operating as a Fairview clinic this month. The Minneapolis clinic, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year, will re-open as a Fairview clinic in the spring.
Fairview Health Services terminates contract with Accretive Health
The health care system felt it was necessary to cut its ties with the debt collector. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson accused Chicago-based Accretive of using high-pressure strategies to get Minnesota hospital patients to pay for their treatments. The Business Journal reports Fairview began reducing its contract with the collection firm after a laptop with unencrypted patient information was stolen. Meanwhile, a Democratic Congressman from California is now calling for a federal investigation.
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