Thursday, May 1, 2014

Canada Hospital Employee Guilty of Over 1,000 Privacy Breaches

A Canadian woman, Donna Colbourne, pled guilty to inappropriately accessing patient files while employed at a Newfoundland Labrador hospital, a violation of the Personal Health Information Act, .

As a hospital clerk she breached the privacy of 1,043 patients, according to an investigation by the Canadian Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

"Colbourne had accessed the files of 1,043 patients from June 2011 to May 2012."
- The Western Star
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Sources:
(a) Donna Colbourne pleads guilty to breaching health information act - www.TheWesternStar.com, 04/30/2014

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