APAIT Health Center Celebrates Mother’s Day with “Our Health, Our Power” or “Nuestra Salud, Nuestro Poder” A Free Health Fair for Women & Girls.
APAIT Health Center proudly kicks off “Our Health, Our Power” on Friday, May 10 to honor Mother’s Day. Free health check-ups and education will be provided. Participants will receive free blood pressure screenings as well as blood sugar, anemia and bone density evaluations. Women will also be given referrals to mammography services and free consultations with a medical provider. All participants will have the opportunity to schedule further follow-up care if needed. Free goodie bags will be given out while supplies last.
“As caregivers, women often put the needs of their families before themselves,” said Organizer Mayon Yen, “but we want to spread the word that women need to remember to care for themselves as well.”
APAIT Health Center promotes the good health and well-being of all women and girls because healthy women supports a healthy community. “Our Health, Our Power” women’s health fair is a positive step in improving women’s access to vital and preventive health education and services.
Community partners participating in the fair include the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Central Health Center; the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health; the American Heart Association; St. Vincent Medical Center; California Hospital Medical Center; and the Pico-Union Neighborhood Council.
“Our Health, Our Power” will happen on May 10, between 2-6pm at APAIT Health Center, 1730 W. Olympic Blvd. Free parking is available on Burlington. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 213-553-1830.
About APAIT Health Center: APAIT Health Center has offered culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the community since 1987. APAIT Health Center provides its clients in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas with health education and risk reduction programs, housing assistance, mental health support, substance use services and primary medical care. For more information visit http://apaitonline.org/
ROCHESTER, Minn. — As winter begins, temperatures drop and hours of daylight fade, it’s not uncommon for people to begin feeling sluggish, moody or stuck in a funk. Those symptoms are typical of someone experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a type of depression that typically occurs during the winter. As many as 1 in 5 Americans have SAD, and 75 percent are women, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
Symptoms include sleeping too much, overeating, loss of energy, social withdrawal and difficulty concentrating. People in northern climates are more likely to experience SAD. While many people experience some elements of SAD, Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Mark Frye, M.D., says you should seek professional help if your symptoms begin to affect your ability to perform at work or take a toll on your personal relationships. Seeking help is particularly important if you begin to feel hopeless or have thoughts of self-harm, he says.
Dr. Frye offers these tips to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the winter:
*Get outside. There is no substitute for natural light. If you work during the day, try to go for a walk during a break or lunch.
*Light therapy boxes can help boost your mood when you’re unable to get outdoors.
*Get regular exercise: at least three times a week for 30 minutes.
*Stay social. Interact with family and friends regularly.
What causes SAD? Sunlight enters the brain through the eyes, stimulating the production of a neurotransmitter, serotonin, that supports nerve cell functioning, including mood. Less light results in lower serotonin levels. Darkness stimulates the production of melatonin, which promotes sleep. It’s the combination of less serotonin and increased amounts of melatonin that causes SAD.
“There are many people who experience winter blues. However, there are those who are experiencing more serious symptoms,” says William Waggle, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System psychiatrist who sees patients in Wisconsin. “The good news is that in most cases, we are able to find a treatment plan to help the patient through the winter months.”
About Mayo Clinic:
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visitwww.mayoclinic.com and www.mayoclinic.org/news.
Source: Mayo Clinic
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12:15 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — the name of the health care reform we passed two years ago. In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America — in the wealthiest nation on Earth – no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.
I know there will be a lot of discussion today about the politics of all this, about who won and who lost. That’s how these things tend to be viewed here in Washington. But that discussion completely misses the point. Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.
And because this law has a direct impact on so many Americans, I want to take this opportunity to talk about exactly what it means for you.
First, if you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable. Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on the amount of care you receive. They can no longer discriminate against children with preexisting conditions. They can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick. They can no longer jack up your premiums without reason. They are required to provide free preventive care like check-ups and mammograms — a provision that’s already helped 54 million Americans with private insurance. And by this August, nearly 13 million of you will receive a rebate from your insurance company because it spent too much on things like administrative costs and CEO bonuses, and not enough on your health care.
There’s more. Because of the Affordable Care Act, young adults under the age of 26 are able to stay on their parent’s health care plans — a provision that’s already helped 6 million young Americans. And because of the Affordable Care Act, seniors receive a discount on their prescription drugs — a discount that’s already saved more than 5 million seniors on Medicare about $600 each.
All of this is happening because of the Affordable Care Act. These provisions provide common-sense protections for middle class families, and they enjoy broad popular support. And thanks to today’s decision, all of these benefits and protections will continue for Americans who already have health insurance.
Now, if you’re one of the 30 million Americans who don’t yet have health insurance, starting in 2014 this law will offer you an array of quality, affordable, private health insurance plans to choose from. Each state will take the lead in designing their own menu of options, and if states can come up with even better ways of covering more people at the same quality and cost, this law allows them to do that, too. And I’ve asked Congress to help speed up that process, and give states this flexibility in year one.
Once states set up these health insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against any American with a preexisting health condition. They won’t be able to charge you more just because you’re a woman. They won’t be able to bill you into bankruptcy. If you’re sick, you’ll finally have the same chance to get quality, affordable health care as everyone else. And if you can’t afford the premiums, you’ll receive a credit that helps pay for it.
Today, the Supreme Court also upheld the principle that people who can afford health insurance should take the responsibility to buy health insurance. This is important for two reasons.
First, when uninsured people who can afford coverage get sick, and show up at the emergency room for care, the rest of us end up paying for their care in the form of higher premiums.
And second, if you ask insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions, but don’t require people who can afford it to buy their own insurance, some folks might wait until they’re sick to buy the care they need — which would also drive up everybody else’s premiums.
That’s why, even though I knew it wouldn’t be politically popular, and resisted the idea when I ran for this office, we ultimately included a provision in the Affordable Care Act that people who can afford to buy health insurance should take the responsibility to do so. In fact, this idea has enjoyed support from members of both parties, including the current Republican nominee for President.
Still, I know the debate over this law has been divisive. I respect the very real concerns that millions of Americans have shared. And I know a lot of coverage through this health care debate has focused on what it means politically.
Well, it should be pretty clear by now that I didn’t do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believed it was good for the country. I did it because I believed it was good for the American people.
There’s a framed letter that hangs in my office right now. It was sent to me during the health care debate by a woman named Natoma Canfield. For years and years, Natoma did everything right. She bought health insurance. She paid her premiums on time. But 18 years ago, Natoma was diagnosed with cancer. And even though she’d been cancer-free for more than a decade, her insurance company kept jacking up her rates, year after year. And despite her desire to keep her coverage — despite her fears that she would get sick again — she had to surrender her health insurance, and was forced to hang her fortunes on chance.
I carried Natoma’s story with me every day of the fight to pass this law. It reminded me of all the Americans, all across the country, who have had to worry not only about getting sick, but about the cost of getting well.
Natoma is well today. And because of this law, there are other Americans — other sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers — who will not have to hang their fortunes on chance. These are the Americans for whom we passed this law.
The highest Court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. And we’ll work together to improve on it where we can. But what we won’t do — what the country can’t afford to do — is refight the political battles of two years ago, or go back to the way things were.
With today’s announcement, it’s time for us to move forward — to implement and, where necessary, improve on this law. And now is the time to keep our focus on the most urgent challenge of our time: putting people back to work, paying down our debt, and building an economy where people can have confidence that if they work hard, they can get ahead.
But today, I’m as confident as ever that when we look back five years from now, or 10 years from now, or 20 years from now, we’ll be better off because we had the courage to pass this law and keep moving forward.
Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.
12:23 P.M. EDT
Source: The White House
Photo credit to: The White House Office of the President
Video footage courtesy of The White House
On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride), as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise, for chronic weight management.
The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obese), or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) and who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia).
BMI, which measures body fat based on an individual’s weight and height, is used to define the obesity and overweight categories. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese.
“Obesity threatens the overall well being of patients and is a major public health concern,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The approval of this drug, used responsibly in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle, provides a treatment option for Americans who are obese or are overweight and have at least one weight-related comorbid condition.”
Belviq works by activating the serotonin 2C receptor in the brain. Activation of this receptor may help a person eat less and feel full after eating smaller amounts of food.
The safety and efficacy of Belviq were evaluated in three randomized, placebo-controlled trials that included nearly 8,000 obese and overweight patients, with and without type 2 diabetes, treated for 52 to 104 weeks. All participants received lifestyle modification that consisted of a reduced calorie diet and exercise counseling. Compared with placebo, treatment with Belviq for up to one year was associated with average weight loss ranging from 3 percent to 3.7 percent.
About 47 percent of patients without type 2 diabetes lost at least 5 percent of their body weight compared with about 23 percent of patients treated with placebo. In people with type 2 diabetes, about 38 percent of patients treated with Belviq and 16 percent treated with placebo lost at least 5 percent of their body weight. Belviq treatment was associated with favorable changes in glycemic control in those with type 2 diabetes. The approved labeling for Belviq recommends that the drug be discontinued in patients who fail to lose 5 percent of their body weight after 12 weeks of treatment, as these patients are unlikely to achieve clinically meaningful weight loss with continued treatment.
Belviq should not be used during pregnancy. Treatment with Belviq may cause serious side effects, including serotonin syndrome, particularly when taken with certain medicines that increase serotonin levels or activate serotonin receptors. These include, but are not limited to, drugs commonly used to treat depression and migraine. Belviq may also cause disturbances in attention or memory.
In 1997, the weight-loss drugs fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine were withdrawn from the market after evidence emerged that they caused heart valve damage. This effect is assumed to be related to activation of the serotonin 2B receptor on heart tissue. When used at the approved dose of 10 milligrams twice a day, Belviq does not appear to activate the serotonin 2B receptor.
Heart valve function was assessed by echocardiography in nearly 8,000 patients in the Belviq development program. There was no statistically significant difference in the development of FDA-defined valve abnormalities between Belviq and placebo-treated patients. Because preliminary data suggest that the number of serotonin 2B receptors may be increased in patients with congestive heart failure, Belviq should be used with caution in patients with this condition. Belviq has not been studied in patients with serious valvular heart disease.
The drug’s manufacturer will be required to conduct six postmarketing studies, including a long-term cardiovascular outcomes trial to assess the effect of Belviq on the risk for major adverse cardiac events such as heart attack and stroke.
The most common side effects of Belviq in non-diabetic patients are headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation, and in diabetic patients are low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.
Belviq is manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH of Zofingen, Switzerland, and distributed by Eisai Inc. of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
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About The U.S. Food and Drug Administration: The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products. For more information visit http://www.fda.gov
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Former President Bill Clinton, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, philanthropist Bill Gates and humanitarian Sir Elton John to address XIX International AIDS Conference
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, (Burma) to address the conference by video.
Some 25,000 Scientists, People Living with HIV, and Other Stakeholders expected to attend AIDS 2012. Official Conference programme now online.
On Wednesday, 13 June 2012 (Washington, D.C., USA) – Organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) announced today that President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, philanthropist Bill Gates, and humanitarian Sir Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, will be among the high-level speakers who will join thousands of the world’s top AIDS researchers, community leaders, and other stakeholders in Washington, D.C. this summer. An estimated 25,000 attendees are expected to attend AIDS 2012, which will take place from 22 to 27 July under the theme Turning the Tide Together.
President Clinton will deliver keynote remarks at the closing session on Friday, 27 July. Sir Elton John will deliver a keynote address on Monday, 23 July.
In the last few years various research trials, including HPTN 052, TDF2, Partners PrEP, and iPrEx have demonstrated with solid evidence the efficacy of HIV treatment as prevention, while other studies are currently investigating the possibility of a cure for HIV.
“Thanks to these scientific advances, for the first time we have a real opportunity to make a major dent in the epidemic,” said Elly Katabira, International Chair of AIDS 2012 and President of the International AIDS Society (IAS).
“We are delighted to welcome the world’s leading AIDS scientists to AIDS 2012, and to have secured these high-level keynote speakers at this crucial time in the global response to HIV.”
The theme of AIDS 2012, Turning the Tide Together, has been selected to emphasize how a global and decisive commitment is crucial to change the course of the epidemic now that science is presenting promising results in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention. This biennial event is the world’s largest meeting on AIDS, where leading scientists report on the latest AIDS research, and together with implementers, community leaders and policymakers, help to identify next steps in the global response to AIDS.
“AIDS 2012 represents a unique occasion to mobilize policy makers, governments, NGOs, scientists, people living with HIV and civil society to join forces,” said Dr. Diane Havlir, U.S. Co-Chair of AIDS 2012 and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
“Despite the global turbulent economic climate we cannot miss this historic moment, and it is vital to continue to attract funding to invest in AIDS research and promote programmes based on effectiveness and efficiency in order to optimize the use of resources,” concluded Havlir.
The full AIDS 2012 programme is now available through the conference website www.aids2012.org and significant parts of the programme – including webcasts of key sessions, speeches, slide presentations, abstracts, digital posters, session-specific and daily rapporteur reports, as well as workshop handouts and audio recordings, will also be online during the conference.
Some confirmed high level speakers at AIDS 2012:
- President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States
- Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, South Africa
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, Burma, (video address)
- Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS
- Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
- Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation
- Sir Elton John, Elton John AIDS Foundation
- Whoopi Goldberg, Actress
- Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of State for Health, Ethiopia
- Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Canada
- Benedict Xaba, Minister of Health,, Swaziland
AIDS 2012 is convened by the International AIDS Society and the conference’s international partners: the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO); the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS): the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC); Sidaction.
The U.S.-based Black AIDS Institute; the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH); the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) at the White House; and the U.S. Positive Women’s Network (USPWN) are serving as local partners.
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About the IAS:
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals, with over 16,000 members from more than 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. Our members include researchers from all disciplines, clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme planners. The IAS is the custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference and lead organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 30 June– 3 July 2013. For more information visit http://www.iasociety.org or http://www.ias2013.org/
On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 it was announced that the VA Long Beach Healthcare System will dedicate seven new buildings and officially designate VA’s newest Blind Rehabilitation Center the “Major Charles Robert Soltes Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center” on Wednesday, morning 25 January.
The 30 month project created over 200,000 sq. ft. of new construction and will be occupied by programs including Pharmacy, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, Employee Education System, Human Resources, Blind Rehabilitation Center(BRC),and a new Canteen with both an eatery and retail store.
The BRC was named after the first military optometrist to have been killed
during combat operations. Major Soltes,a graduate of Norwich University, was attached to the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion assisting in the restoration
of the medical infrastructure in Iraq when he was killed by an improvised
explosive device. The surviving widow and family, along with VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert Petzel will be in attendance.
The new space embodies VA Long Beach’s commitment to serve Southern California’s large veterans population.
When: Wednesday January 25, 2012
Where: VA Long Beach Medical Center
5901 E. 7th St
Long Beach, CA, 90822
What: Project 402 Dedication
Time: 10:00 a.m. thru approximately 11:30 a.m.
About the VA:
To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. For more information visit http://www.va.gov/
Photo credit to: VA Long Beach
On January 23, 2012 Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the fifth largest health system in the nation, announced that it has changed its name to Dignity Health as part of a governance restructure that will position the organization to succeed in a changing health care environment.
This name and structure reflect who we are and what we stand for,” said Sr. Judy Carle, vice chair of the Dignity Health Board of Directors and a Sister of Mercy. “The value of dignity is embedded in our culture. Our mission, vision and values were all formed out of the recognition of the inherent dignity of each person. We are confident that our vision for the organization will be achieved.”
Under the new governance structure, Dignity Health is a not-for-profit organization, rooted in the Catholic tradition, but is not an official ministry of the Catholic Church. The new structure and name enable the organization to grow nationally, while preserving the identity and integrity of both its Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals. One of the key rationales for the change is to preserve and sustain the identity and integrity of the Catholic hospitals and their sponsoring congregations. The organization’s Catholic hospitals will continue to be Catholic, directly sponsored by their founding congregations, subject to the moral authority of the local bishop, and adhering to theEthical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Dignity Health’s non-Catholic hospitals will continue to be non-Catholic, adhering to the Statement of Common Values.
The changes follow several years of discussions between the organization’s sponsoring congregations, board of directors, and management team about the future of health care and how to best extend its healing mission. Dignity Health’s long term strategic plan is focused on integrated care and enhanced quality that reduces costs. Growth plans anticipate expanded partnerships, which will include both Catholic and non-Catholic care centers. The system currently owns or operates 25 Catholic hospitals and 15 non-Catholic hospitals.
Lloyd H. Dean, the organization’s president/chief executive officer said that the changes would enhance the organization’s ability to work across the spectrum of health care and expand partnerships to deliver high-quality care more efficiently.
“Changing our name to Dignity Health reflects our commitment to excellent care for all in need and to being a national leader in quality care,” Dean said. “The new structure supports our long-term plan to grow and coordinate care, while reinforcing our mission of service to the communities we are so privileged to serve.”
While the name of the organization has changed, Dignity Health will continue to deliver excellent care to all in need and maintain its commitment to being a national leader in quality care. It is investing approximately $1.8 billion in electronic medical records, which are being deployed over the next five years. Dignity Health has also been designated as one of the nation’s first Hospital Engagement Centers by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The organization is also among those leading the nation in implementing innovative care models that improve care and reduce costs.
Dignity Health has also adopted a new logo, which represents the coming together of many caregivers, services and care centers to create a continuum of care. The three curved sections represent the three parts of the organization’s mission – quality care, advocacy, and partnering. The logo surrounds and embraces a central space, symbolic of how an integrated health system embraces and serves the individual.
Members of the Board of Directors for Dignity Health are as follows:
|Andrew C. Agwunobi, MD, MBADirector, Berkeley Research Group
Hospital Performance Improvement Practice
Judy Carle, RSM (Vice Chairperson)
Caretha Coleman (Chairperson)
Lloyd H. Dean
Owner, Urban Realty Partners
Tessie Guillermo (Secretary)
Peter G. Hanelt
Rodney F. Hochman, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Swedish Medical Center
Julie Hyer, OP
Dignity Health Hospital and Care Centers locations:
About Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West):
Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., provides integrated, patient and family centered care. It is the fifth largest health system in the country with 10,000 physicians and 55,000 employees across Arizona, California, and Nevada. Through its network of more than 150 ancillary care sites and 40 acute care hospitals, Dignity Health is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2011, Dignity Health provided $1.4 billion in charity care, community benefit and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.dignityhealth.org.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Dignity Health on their new name. Our Executive Editor-In-Chief Esteban Escobar AKA Steven Escobar former employee at Catholic Healthcare West Glendale CBO is very happy and proud of the organization services to the community.
On Thursday, December 22, 2011 Southern California Public Radio is reporting that The UCLA Medical Center faces a class-action lawsuit in connection with the recent data breach that compromised the privacy of more than 16,000 patients.
Attorneys with the Los Angeles law firm Kabateck, Brown, Kellner filed the class action suit in Superior Court. The suit claims the UCLA Health System (Regents of the University of California) breached the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act when a hard drive containing personal patient information was stolen from a doctor’s home on Sept. 6.
The records involved more than 16,000 patients treated from July 2007 to July 2011. The stolen information on the hard drive was encrypted, but the password was on a scrap of paper that also was taken. The information included first and last names of patients, some birthdates addresses, health information and record numbers.
Attorneys are seeking $1,000 in damages for each member of the class action lawsuit. UCLA is not commenting on the matter at this time.
READ THE PUBLIC NOTICE POSTED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2011 BY UCLA HEALTH SYSTEM ON THEIR WEBSITE AT http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?id=465
PERSONAL INFORMATION ON HARD DRIVE STOLEN FROM HOME
The UCLA Health System is notifying thousands of patients by mail that on Sept. 6, 2011, an external computer hard drive that contained some personal information on 16,288 patients was among a number of items stolen during a home invasion. Although this information was encrypted, the password necessary to unscramble the information was written on a piece of paper near the hard drive and cannot be located. There is no evidence suggesting that the information has been accessed or misused. The individual whose hard drive was stolen, left employment at UCLA in July 2011.
The documents containing information did not include Social Security numbers or any financial information. They did include first and last names and may have included birth dates, medical record numbers, addresses and medical record information. The police were immediately contacted, but so far, the stolen items have not been recovered.
UCLA has engaged Kroll, a global leader in data security, to provide assistance to individuals affected by this incident. Individuals can call 1-855-366-0145 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) for information on this matter.
UCLA is reviewing its policies and procedures and will make any necessary revisions to help reduce the likelihood of such an incident occurring again. The UCLA Health System considers patient confidentiality a critical part of its mission of providing the highest level of teaching, research and patient care. UCLA’s concern for its patients is absolute, and we deeply regret any breach of patient confidentiality and the stress and concern it might cause our patients.
About UCLA Health System (Regents of the University of California):
Comprised of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and the UCLA Medical Group with its wide-reaching system of primary-care and specialty-care offices throughout the region. For more information visit http://www.uclahealth.org
Sources: Southern California Public Radio, UCLA
Photo credit to: UCLA Health System