Privacy & Security

Ann-Cavoukian

200 records breached at Hamilton doctor’s office

Ontario’s former privacy commissioner is concerned after the medical privacy of more than 200 patient records was breached within a Hamilton doctor’s office. The Hamilton Family Health Team – a nonprofit corporation that provides clinical and administrative assistance to 166 doctors – recently confirmed that personal letters were sent out to 204 patients last week…


drew-mcarthur

B.C. auditor slams medical clinic for surveillance

British Columbia’s privacy office is calling on a medical clinic to immediately stop collecting video and audio of patients, employees and contractors because it is not legally authorized to do so. Acting privacy commissioner Drew McArthur (pictured) said an audit of the clinic began after a complaint was filed. McArthur said the doctor who owns the clinic told…


real-cloutier

Major privacy breach occurs at Winnipeg hospital

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is dealing with one of the largest patient privacy breaches it has ever seen, after a file containing some personal details about 1,000 people was taken in October from a locked office inside the city’s largest hospital. Officials say a file with billing information related to diagnostic imaging procedures –…


tom-keenan

Security expert says AHS breach is troubling

Without better technical safeguards, the confidential medical files of Albertans will remain vulnerable to security breaches, says one digital security expert. Alberta Health Services recently issued a warning after thousands of patients had their confidential health information “inappropriately accessed” by a former AHS employee. The electronic files were accessed on the AHS Netcare and Netcare Personal Directory…


Walter Winkler

About 95 percent of hospital e-mail contains threats

Officials at Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) are battling viruses of a different sort these days. Hospital staff are fighting hackers, spammers and electronic thieves bent on accessing, stealing or ransoming vital medical information of patients. Six ransomeware attacks have occurred at CMH during the past six months alone. To tackle this, the IT department has…


Katie Mallinson

Class action lawsuit filed against Trillium

An Ontario woman has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against a hospital, an ophthalmologist and his assistant – who happens to be her sister – alleging a “serious and prolonged” invasion of privacy which may have potentially impacted a number of patients. In a statement of claim filed in a Toronto court on June 17,…


Mike Cook

Identos helps developers secure medical apps

By Rosie Lombardi

A multitude of developers are working on mobile medical apps that could make life easier for doctors. But many are languishing because building the bullet-proof security needed is complex and time-consuming. Toronto-based Identos has tackled the issue by developing a mobile security solution for healthcare that can be easily incorporated into any software, from small…


Brian-Beamish

Duo convicted for snooping into Rob Ford’s files

Two health workers who snooped into late mayor Rob Ford’s electronic health records have become the first in Ontario to be convicted under the province’s health privacy law. Mohammad Rahman and Debbie Davison both pleaded guilty under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) to “willfully collecting, using or disclosing personal health information,” while working…


Matt Bromwich

MDs’ mobile photos rouse ethical, privacy concerns

As his patient lay unconscious on a surgical gurney, the Victoria, B.C. urologist whipped out his smartphone and photographed the location where he’d just attached a urinary catheter. Then, as a “joke,” the doctor texted the image of his patient’s genitals to various friends. The prank was a blatant ethical no-no that cost the specialist…


Sarah Jones

Nova Scotia to beef up opioid tracking with tech

Changes are coming to strengthen Nova Scotia’s prescription monitoring program in the wake of an alleged opioid pill trafficking scheme by Dr. Sarah Jones (pictured). The province’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) repeatedly flagged issues with Jones as far back as six years ago, but she was only criminally charged this year by police, alleging that the 35-year-old trafficked 50,000 OxyNEO and…