NZ: Health privacy investigation at Wellington Hospital after complaint

In a way, I’m glad that even a single case of improper access can lead to a full investigation and be considered newsworthy. How often does this happen here? 

Ben Heather reports:

A Wellington hospital worker is under investigation for improperly accessing a patient’s medical records.

The Capital & Coast District Health Board confirmed an investigation had been underway for months, and was only sparked after the alleged victim complained in July.

“[The complaint] was made by a person that was concerned their record may have been looked it,” chief operating officer Chris Lowry said.

An audit of the staff’s access to electronic health records since 2012 revealed a single potential breach, although Lowry was unable to confirm whether it occurred years or months ago.

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