Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hospital Insider Fined for Privacy Breach

A Canadian woman has been fined for breaching the privacy of 1,000 hospital patients. She is the first person to be convicted under the province's personal health information act.

While working at the hospital as an accounting clerk the woman inappropriately accessed patient files. "The affect of the breach is far reaching by the accused by mindless meddling into personal affairs," stated the judge.

"[She] accessed more than 1,000 patient files at [the hospital] while working there as an accounting clerk until 2012." - CBC News
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Sources:
(a) Donna Coburne Fined in Western Health privacy breach - www.CBC.ca, 09/11/2014

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