Ca: Conviction for Illegal Disclosure of Health Information

From the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, a new decision:

A former Covenant Health employee pleaded guilty to knowingly disclosing health information in contravention of HIA.

Samantha Barker was fined $1,500 for the offence under HIA. She also admitted to accessing health information of several people without a valid employment purpose. The inappropriate accesses and disclosure of health information occurred in Vegreville.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) opened an offence investigation into Ms. Barker’s actions in February 2020. Charges were laid in July 2021.

It is an offence under HIA to knowingly disclose health information in contravention of the Act (section 107(2)(a)).

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