Privacy commissioner finds Health Prince Edward Island response to unauthorized hospital employee accessing patient files was reasonable

Ryan Ross reports:

Health P.E.I.’s response to a privacy breach involving patient health records was reasonable, but steps could have been taken to prevent it, says P.E.I.’s privacy commissioner.

In a report released in December, privacy commissioner Karen Rose reviewed the unauthorized access of electronic health records for 353 people, which she referred to as “snooping”.

Rose found Health P.E.I. had reasonable practices to prevent snooping, but the access credentials for the employee responsible should have been changed prior to the breach because of a change in her responsibilities.

The report said the employee, who is not identified, previously worked as a licensed practical nurse until the province changed the education qualifications in 2014.

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