Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Curious Hospital Workers Breached Patients' Privacy

Two employees breached the privacy of 112 patients; they no longer work at the hospital.

The hospital stated the two employees “used their access privileges to the electronic health record (EHR) for unauthorized reasons — that is to satisfy their curiosity about patients with whom they had no care relationship.”

"It is completely unacceptable that staff members would breach a patient’s right to privacy."
- Mary Lyn Fyle, health authority's chief medical information officer
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Sources:
(a) ‘Curiosity’ of Island Health employees led to privacy breach, probe reveals - www.VancouverSun.com, 11/26/2014

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