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Alarms Raised Over Prescription Drug Data Breaches

The state prescription drug databank, called E-FORSCE, sent personal prescription-drug information on 3,300 Floridians out to prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in six Volusia County drug cases, and the American Civil Liberties Union wants to know why, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The records were released without patients’ knowledge or consent, ACLU says.

In another case involving an alleged data breach, a federal indictment is charging a worker at South Florida State Hospital in Pembroke Pines with using the computers there to steal the identities of about 1,000 patients, the Sun-Sentinel reports.  The worker was supposed to be helping the patients find jobs when they left the institution.

Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.After serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, Gentry worked for a number of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel. She was a Kaiser Foundation Media Fellow in 1994-95 and earned an Master's in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1996. She directed a journalism fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for four years.Gentry created Health News Florida, an independent non-profit health journalism publication, in 2006, and served as editor until September, 2014, when she became a special correspondent. She and Health News Florida joined WUSF in 2012.
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