Manitoba’s healthcare privacy breach numbers ‘truly alarming’

Katrina Clarke reports:

Manitoba hospital workers have breached patients’ privacy more than 1,000 times in the last three years — but how many were disciplined and what consequences they faced is unclear.

It’s an issue one ethicist calls “alarming,” saying the public deserves to know more about workers snooping into sensitive files.

Data obtained by the Winnipeg Free Press via freedom of information law reveal Manitoba hospitals recorded about 1,150 privacy breaches between January 2019 and April 2022. Just three health units say they disciplined staff — one each — following breaches.

Read more at Brandon Sun.

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