AU: NSW hospital patients not told their medical records were found in public areas

Nick Dole reports on the lack of transparency and notification following breaches of health data in NSW:

NSW hospital patients have had their confidential details compromised on multiple occasions, including medical records being found in a public carpark.

Many of the most serious privacy breaches have been reported in the Central Coast Local Health District, which runs Gosford and Wyong hospitals.

In 2015, a patient’s emergency assessment paperwork was discovered on the ground near Gosford Hospital.

However, the patient concerned was never informed because the Health District said there was not a “serious risk of harm”.

The same year, a confidential list of patients containing sensitive information including the reasons for attending hospital was discovered on a walkway near Gosford Hospital.

Once again, the patients were never informed because the information was not deemed to put them at “serious risk of harm”.

Read more on ABC (AU).

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