Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Snooping" of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) at the National Health Service (NHS) in England

Freedom of Information (FoI) requests by the Yorkshire Post forced the release of dsciplinary records by the National Health Service (NHS) in Yorkshire, England.

The records exposed dozens of healthcare workers and public servants caught inappropriately accessing electronic health records (EHR) and other personally identifiable information (PII).
A cleaner was caught accessing the private medical records of a friend to determine that she had recently had an abortion.. - Yorkshire Press (a)
Snooping for Profit and Curiousity - Both Innocent and Not So Innocent
A hospital receptionist tried to profit from her snooping by using patients' personal contact records in her second job as a market researcher. A nurse accessed the private medical test results of her daughter's father. A clerk was disciplined for looked up her brother's test results. A hospital staff member trying to send a birthday card to a relative was caught checking for the hospital ward they were on.
A hospital staff member accessed the electronic medical records (EMR) of an ex-partner's new partner.. - Yorkshire Press (a)
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Sources:
(a) Exclusive: Scandal of computer snooping by public servants - Yorkshire Post, January, 2010
(b) Yorkshire trusts admit data breache - Guadian.co.uk, January, 2010

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