Thursday, April 24, 2014

Class Action Suit Pending in Hospital Privacy Breach

A privacy breach by an employee of a Canadian hospital has an Ottawa law firm moving forward with a class action lawsuit.

The employee, who inappropriately accessed 144 patient files, has been terminated. While many hospital staff have access patients' medical records, employees are only supposed to access patient files if they are part of that patient's circle of care.

"I have a representative plaintiff who is distraught about the disclosure of patient records. My intention is to move forward with a class action.” ."
- Michael Crystal, Ottawa attorney
The hospital reported the breaches went back to 2008. It is unclear why they had not been detected earlier, perhaps because they conduct "random audits" rather than a census of staff accesses of patient records. Healthcare organizations can can proactively detect data privacy breaches of every user access to patient records with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Class action suit in the works over privacy breach - www.SaultStar.com, 04/18/2014

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