Tuesday, October 20, 2015

48 Health Workers Accused of Breaching Patient Privacy

A total of 48 healthcare workers in Canada are allegedly involved in privacy breaches of patient medical records and are facing disciplinary action; some employees have been suspended without pay and one person has been fired.

An Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner spokesperson stated “With access to health information comes great responsibilities for health professionals and administrators. The health information of Albertans cannot be treated like a social media site where you can access it and begin to creep on other people’s information, no matter how curious one might be.”

"This situation underscores the very real consequences of patient privacy breaches."
- CEO and president of health services
The alleged data privacy breaches were found during an audit. Healthcare organizations seeking to detect breaches and identity theft, even if they occur only once, can utilize identity and activity analytics.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by insiders such as employees, contractors, providers, and vendorsno.
(a) AHS investigating alleged privacy breach by 48 Calgary employees - www.CalgaryHerald.com, 10/14/2015

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