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."While it's good these breach were brought to light, this only occurred because a patient filed a complaint with the hospital. Today there are new low-cost on-demand SaaS services that allow healthcare organizations to proactively detect privacy breach before anyone complains.
- Kelly Eby, spokesperson, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
Download a white paper on patient privacy breach detection. Learn how to proactively identify unauthorized breaches of patient data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.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