Monday, October 12, 2015

Doctor Accused of Breaching Patients' Privacy

A Canadian physician has been allegedly inappropriately, and without consent, accessed the medical records of two patients not under his care. In one case the inappropriate access occurred "a number of times between 2003 and 2014" and in the other case the inappropriate access occurred "a number of times between 2003 and 2006."

A hearing will be held and if found to have committed the unauthorized access alleged by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the physician could face a number of possible sanctions, including having his certificate with the college suspended or revoked.

"the physician inappropriately and without consent accessed records of an unnamed person who was not his patient on a number of occasions between 2003 and 2014."
- Notice of hearing
It is unclear why the inappropriate accesses were allowed to occur over such long time periods. Healthcare organizations seeking to detect unauthorized access to patient records, even if only done once, can utilize identity and activity analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) More on an alleged patient records breach at the hospital - www.SooToday.com, 09/29/2015

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