Social Security numbers of 50,000 elderly patients disclosed; Stolen hospital items add up to $52M annually;

> In California, state health officials accidentally disclosed the Social Security numbers of 50,000 elderly patients in the Adult Day Health Care program when it printed those numbers on the outside of envelopes that contained change-of-benefit notices for the patients at the beginning of February. Article

> A recent survey by national healthcare network VHA, Inc., reveals that patients who steal items such as towels, pillows, bed linens, phones and surgical scrubs from hospitals after being discharged cost such facilities a combined $52 million each year. Press release

> The Office of Personnel Management reports that 86 percent of health plans serving federal employees offered some form of PHR to their enrollee in 2009, up from 51 percent two years earlier. But only 19 percent of participating insurance companies had even 5 percent of members use their PHRs. FierceEMR

> Eight months after declaring the world's first pandemic in more than four decades, the World Health Organization says it will once again summon its experts to determine if the worst of the outbreak is over. FierceVaccines

And Finally... I wonder if this guy actually meant it when he said "it feels really good." Article

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