Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hospital Insiders Breach Toronto Mayor's Privacy

Two hospital employees breached Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's privacy by snooping in his medical records, according to the hospital where he was treated.

In Canada it is a Personal Health Information Protection Act offence to collect, use or disclose personal health information, said acting information and privacy commissioner of Ontario Brian Beamish. Any individual found guilty of the offence can be fined up to $50,000 and any organization, up to $250,000

"Two hospital staff members breached privacy when they “inappropriately accessed” Mayor Rob Ford’s health records." - Hospital spokesperson
The hospital reported that an audit discovered the breaches. While it is not uncommon to closely monitor access to VIP medical records monitoring of access to every patient is not as widespread. Healthcare organizations can monitor access to all patient records, by all staff, with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Mayor Rob Ford's privacy breached, hospital says - www.TheStar.com,10/16/2014

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