The medical records the doctor viewed were all of women in their 20s and 30s and current or former hospital employees, according to CBC News. These patients were not under this doctor's care and Canadian privacy legislation stipulates "every use by a custodian of personal health information shall be limited to the minimum amount of information necessary to accomplish the purpose for which it is used."
A privacy breach by a doctor is unprecedented, according to the head of the province's regulatory body for doctors.The inappropriate access was uncovered by "a routine audit a year ago" but the breaches started in 2010. Healthcare organizations can proactively identify unauthorized breaches of patient data privacy, even by authorized users, with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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(a) Hospital privacy breach 'unprecedented,' regulatory body says - www.CBCNew.ca, 03/03/2014