Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hospital Victimized by Secretary's Unauthorized Access of 188 Electronic Health Records

A temporary secretary illicitly read nearly 200 patients' medical records while working at the Haartman Hospital.

Just last week patients of the hospital were sent a letter of apology, even though the hospital and the Helsinki police had discovered the data breach over a year ago. A criminal investigation is currently ongoing.
The viewing of patients’ medical records is increasingly common in Finland. - Reijo Aarnio, Ombudsman at the Office of the Data Protection
One person who received a letter was quoted as saying, ”It feels like that any summer intern can get into Haartman hospital’s database. Unbelievable!”
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Sources:
(a) Finland: Patient records illegally accessed at Helsinki hospital - Codewit News, July 17, 2011


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