Hospital employee loses laptop with unencrypted patient info; U.K. wants all patients to access health records online by 2015;

> A laptop containing unencrypted health data on more than 2,100 Boston Children's Hospital patients was lost by a hospital employee attending a conference in Buenos Aires, the Boston Globe reports. The data included names, birth dates, diagnoses and treatment information, but did not include any financial data or Social Security numbers. Article

> The U.K. wants all patients to have online access to their medical records by 2015, according to a new information strategy published this week by the Department of Health. The department also released a one-page visual guide to help demonstrate the benefits to online access. Post

> Twitter has potential as a vehicle to influence health policy, MedPage Today reports. Researchers presenting at the recent American Urological Association meeting said that within three hours of a media report last fall about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force drafting recommendation against PSA testing, Twitter activity skyrocketed. Article

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