Ca: Stolen hard drive contained pain patients’ sensitive information

Pamela DiPinto the Edmonton Journal reports:

A portable hard drive containing backup copies of 1,000 Alberta Health Services’ Central Alberta Pain and Rehabilitation Institute client records was stolen recently from a clinic in Lacombe, the AHS revealed Friday. An unconfirmed number of non-AHS patients at the Lacombe clinic are also affected by the breach.

The stolen hard drive — containing clients’ names, birth dates, addresses, health care numbers and prescription information — was stolen from the Dr. R. Burnham and Associates Medical Clinic in Lacombe between closing Friday, May 6, and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, said AHS chief privacy officer Mike Tolfree.

Wayne Wood, information and privacy commissioner spokesperson, said their office was notified of the theft on May 16 and an investigation was launched. The Lacombe Police Service is also investigating the break and enter.


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