Alberta Hospital Edmonton notifying 1,300 of snooping employee

Keith Gerein reports:

A former employee of Alberta Hospital Edmonton inappropriately accessed the records of more than 1,300 patients, Alberta Health Services announced Monday in what is believed to be the province’s largest deliberate breach of health information.

“In terms of a unique individual inappropriately accessing health care records, it is not within the scope of something we have seen before,” Dr. Francois Belanger, AHS’s interim vice-president of quality and chief medical officer, said Monday.

Read more on Edmonton Journal. It’s another one of those cases that went on for years until a co-worker tipped administration, and where it would have been more challenging to detect a problem, perhaps, because the employee was authorized to access files in the course of work. And because of that, the hospital is notifying an additional 11,539 patients whose data might have been accessed.

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