Roger Collins reports:
The Hamilton Paramedic Service says it has been mistakenly sending the personal information of some of its patients to the wrong hospital.
Over the last four years, according to the municipal healthcare service, some paramedics have accidentally selected the incorrect hospital when submitting a patient’s records in correspondence to where they were being transported.
An out-of-city hospital flagged the issue in late October after they received patient records for someone who wasn’t in their care.
Once the Hamilton Paramedic Service was made aware of the issue, it began an internal review to determine the cause and extent of the breach.
According to a spokesperson with the City of Hamilton, 306,000 patient health records were looked over during the audit.
Of those 306,000 records, it was determined that only 162 patients were affected.
No personal information was ever made publicly available.
Read more at CHCH.com, while I ponder the “only 162 were affected.” ONLY 162??? That’s a lot of people who suffered a medical privacy breach.