Ca: Medical files of 4,000 Vancouver patients stolen, raising alarms

Susan Lazaruk reports:

Thieves who burgled a West Broadway office last month stole the personal medical files of 4,000 Vancouver patients, likely by far the largest privacy breach of medical records in B.C. in 10 years or longer.

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The theft of the 4,000 medical histories, which included names, addresses and B.C. Care Card numbers, occurred before midnight on Feb. 3 after the ransacking of the 11th-floor offices of the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (DoFP), a non-profit group funded by the Doctors of B.C. (formerly the BCMA) and B.C. Health.

Okay, don’t panic yet, though, because

A letter sent to patients (including a Province reporter) said the stolen hard drive was encrypted and cannot be accessed.

Well, that’s certainly a pleasant surprise.

Read more on The Province.

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