Friday, September 26, 2014

Criminal Charges for MD Who Breached Patient Privacy?

A physician in Canada is facing possible criminal charges for inappropriately accessing the files of 161 young women. In March and in August we posted information about this breach incident.

Based on an investigation and recommendations by New Brunswick's Privacy Commissioner Anne Bertrand, the hospital where doctor works has requested that law enforcement determine if criminal charges should be filed.

"[The physician] accessed the personal health information of 141 females between the ages of 13 and 39 without authorization over a 28 month period."
- Anne Bertrand, Privacy Commissioner, Canada
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Sources:
(a) Vitalité Health refers doctor privacy breach to RCMP - www.CBC.ca,09/23/2014

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