Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MD Snooped Nurse's Medical Records

A Canadian physician has been reprimanded for snooping on the personal health records of a nurse with whom he had a previous contentious relationship.

After hospitalization for an auto accident the nurse requested an accounting of who had accessed her electronic health record(EHR). This is how she discovered that this doctor, who was not involved in her care, had accessed her medical records. The regional privacy commissioner investigated and confirmed the doctor had breached her privacy.

"Patient trust is at stake if employee/practitioner snooping is allowed to persist." - Privacy Commissioner
In addition to the reprimand the privacy commissioner has urged healthcare organizations make a greater effort to address privacy complaints. They noted that patient trust was at stake if employee/practitioner snooping is allowed to persist.

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Sources:
(a) Saskatchewan employee snooping case: do two privacy wrongs make a right? - www.Lexology.com, 01/12/2015

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