Dumont hospital employees shocked Dr. Fernando Rojas returning to work

CBC News reports an update to a breach noted previously on this site. Many staff members at the Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton do not welcome Dr. Fernando Rojas’ return to work. Rojas has not been working at the Georges Dumont since March 2014. The radiation oncologist looked at 141 female patient medical records without authorization from two computers at the hospital between September 2010 to January 2013.​ During an investigation by the province’s privacy commissioner, he admitted to accessing  the files out of personal interest and to find out the age of the women. Read more on CBC News.

Ca: Health department won't remove doctor for privacy breach

CBC News reports that a doctor who allegedly improperly accessed patient files for over two years continues to be employed by the facility, who didn’t even notify patients when they first discovered the breach: Although New Brunswick’s Department of Health says it could step in to remove the doctor involved in a privacy incident at Moncton’s Georges Dumont hospital from his position, it has no plans to do so. Last February, the Vitalité Health Network discovered radio oncologist Dr. Fernando Rojas accessed the files of 142 patients at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre without permission from two computers between Sept. 6, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2012. Read more on CBC. This may turn out to be a cautionary tale in terms of auditing access to files and breach response. So far, Vitalité seems to be doing a lot wrong. Do the female employees whose records were improperly accessed need to band together and go out on strike to get this doctor disciplined?  While I respect Vitalité’s need to investigate and the doctor’s rights, this has gone on too long and a decision should have been made already. Vitalité is sending an awful message by its lack of prompt transparency and lack of disciplinary action.

Ca: Vitalité Health refers doctor privacy breach to RCMP

CBC News reports: Vitalité Health Network is asking Codiac Regional RCMP in Moncton to investigate after one of its doctors accessed the electronic medical records of dozens of female patients without authorization. An investigation by New Brunswick’s Privacy Commissioner Anne Bertrand determined Dr. Fernando Rojas Lievano of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton had accessed the personal health information of a number of women without authorization. Read more on CBC News. Update:  You can find an update on this case here. He was never charged criminally by the RCMP.

Vitalité Health Network finally informs patients of long-running privacy breach one year after discovering it?

CBC News reports: The Vitalité Health Network is informing some patients their personal medical records were accessed without authorization. The privacy breach was discovered a year ago. A doctor with the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre gained unauthorized access to the files using two hospital computers between Sept. 6, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2012, the letter signed by Vitalité CEO Rino Volpé states. The compromised information could include the reason a patient was referred, the types of tests or examinations the patient underwent, the results, and the diagnosis, according to the three-page letter. It could also include their medicare number, as well as demographic information, such as name, age, address, and telephone number. Read more on CBC. So the breach was recurrent between Sept. 6, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2012 and the hospital discovered the breach in February 2013 (and how did they discover it?), but they didn’t notify patients until February 2014?  And they’ve yet to take any “appropriate disciplinary action” but “envisage” doing so? This is pretty outrageous, but it seems Canadian law does not require disclosure, much less timely disclosure.