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Pharmacist improperly accessed patient records

EDMONTON – A pharmacist in Edmonton, who wrongfully accessed the private health information of more than 100 patients while employed by Covenant Health, has been sentenced to three months of house arrest. Despite not having any formal patient-pharmacist relationships with those...

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Improper sharing of personal information in referrals

HAY RIVER, NT – After receiving complaints that patient referrals were either delayed or not completed, the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority conducted an audit and found that patient information was inappropriately shared in referrals. Erin Griffiths (pictured), CEO...

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Store keeps receiving faxed health records

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner wants the Saskatoon Health Region to ensure its employees follow the rules when it comes to faxing personal health information after a patient’s test results were sent to a computer store – for the second...

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‘Unprecedented’ breach of electronic records in PEI

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – An investigation has determined that a hospital employee viewed the personal electronic files of 353 patients over the last three years – an unprecedented breach in Prince Edward Island. Health P.E.I.’s acting chief executive officer Denise Lewis Fleming...

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Patient finds someone else’s results in his record

TORONTO – The University Health Network, Ontario’s largest hospital group, says it is reviewing five million electronic health records gathered over the past five years after a patient reported errors in his medical file. The University Health Network says that it...

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NYGH chooses Thales for increased data security

TORONTO – Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, is providing hardware-based encryption technology to North York General Hospital (NYGH) to facilitate the secure exchange of information between the hospital’s physicians, healthcare staff and patients. The resulting...

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Physician systems under attack by ransomware

TORONTO – It’s not just hospitals that have been targeted by hackers using ransomware to disable computer systems holding patient records. Doctors’ offices, too, have been hit, with thousands of records becoming inaccessible, says the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). In...

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