Thursday, April 16, 2015

Curious Hospital Employee Breached Patients' Privacy

A healthcare worker in Canada accessed 39 confidential patient information out of curiosity about friends and neighbors.

She had nothing to do with the care of these patients and therefore was not authorized to look at their records. Her employment with the hospital has been terminated.

"an employee who had nothing to do with the care of 39 patients accessed their health records out of curiosity about friends or neighbours."
- Health Authority
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Sources:
(a) Curious employee breached privacy of 39 patients, Island Health authority admits - www.TheProvidence.com, 04/15/2015

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