Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nurse Fired for Snooping, 1,300 Patients' Privacy Breached

A Canadian hospital has terminated a nurse found to have inappropriately accessed the medical records of 1,300 patients for over nine years.

As far back as 2004, the nurse had accessed patient names, dates of birth, phone numbers, health card numbers, physician, next of kin, and reason for hospital visit.

"The nurse had been improperly accessing the protected health information (PHI) of 1,300 patients for more than nine years."
- Healthcare IT News
The hospital was alerted to the snooping by a former patient who was "hearing from people in the community things that would be on their medical file."

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