Criminal investigation launched into breach of confidential patient records at Rand Memorial Hospital
The Public Hospitals Authority for the Bahamas issued the following:
The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) has launched a criminal investigation into the leak and dissemination on social media of a purported confidential document pertaining to clients of the Grand Bahama Health Services. The PHA has been assured that the matter which is now in the hands of the authorities will result in a swift and serious outcome for those who are engaged in the leak and circulation of this document.The public is advised that patient health records are confidential and cannot be released without the consent of the patient. Any breach of this privacy is punishable under the Data Protection (Privacy of Personal Information) Act, and all persons found to have obtained unauthorized health information and forwarded this information, will be brought before the Court.Persons who receive any and such information via email, WhatsApp or other media source are encouraged to delete not forward or share this information with other persons.
Grand Bahama Health Services continues to maintain the strictest commitment to the privacy of its patients and the protection of their health information.
Source: The Bahamas Weekly