Monday, April 8, 2013

Physician Suspended for Privacy Breach

An emergency room physician was suspended for accessing the medical records of patients she was not treating; she was in a personal relationship with one patient, and in a relationship with the former spouse of another.

In addition to the suspension the physician was required to take an ethics course and to cover the $22,232.59 cost of the college’s investigation. The doctor also paid a significant monetary settlement in a related lawsuit.

"She accessed electronic health records of three people who she was not treating. It’s an invasion of privacy."
- Kelly Eby, spokesperson, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
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Sources:
(a) St. Albert Doctor Suspended for Privacy Breach - St Albert Gazette, 03/28/13

(b) CPSA Suspends Dr. Deanne Watrich for Inappropriately Accessing Patient Records - College of Physicians & Surgeons of Albert, 03/26/13

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