Ontario privacy commissioner seeks solution to 'abandoned patient records' problem

Brian Jackson reports:

Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner is putting pressure on businesses and doctors to practice better information and records management and stem the leaking of personally identifiable information.

In a report released yesterday Ann Cavoukian calls on companies of all sizes to put in place best practices for information management.

She also wants a fast solution to the problem of retiring doctors abandoning patient records.

This comes after her office’s busiest year ever, with 264 privacy complaints filed against municipal or provincial government organizations, according to the 2009 annual report. Another 169 privacy complaints were filed against Ontario’s health sector.

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