Privacy breached for hundreds of Queen Elizabeth Hospital patients
Insider breaches in healthcare know no national boundaries. From The Guardian:
Health P.E.I. says the personal health information of 353 patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown has been inappropriately viewed by a former hospital employee.
Acting chief executive officer for Health P.E.I., Denise Lewis Fleming, confirmed the breach of patient records this morning.
“This individual broke the rules, violating the privacy and confidentiality of Islanders who entrust our health-care system and our staff to safeguard their personal health information. That is unacceptable,” Lewis Fleming said in a statement.
The statement apparently doesn’t include for how long this inappropriate access occurred nor how many patients were affected, nor what the employee’s motivation was. If I was a patient of the hospital, I’d sure want to know.
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