Hundreds of N.S. patient records accessed in 'substantial' privacy breach


Hundreds of N.S. patient records accessed in 'substantial' privacy breach
  1. Hundreds of N.S. patient records accessed in 'substantial' privacy breach
    winnipegfreepress.com
    HALIFX, N.S. - Hundreds of patient records at the Nova Scotia Health Authority were inappropriately accessed in two separate incidents involving six employees. The health authority is reaching out to 337…
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HALIFX, N.S. - Hundreds of patient records at the Nova Scotia Health Authority were inappropriately accessed in two separate incidents involving six employees.

The health authority is reaching out to 337 patients whose personal health information was accessed in the widespread privacy breaches.

A spokesperson says the privacy breaches are one of the largest on record at the provincial health body.

Colin Stevenson, an executive with the authority, calls the violation of confidentiality "substantial" and says the incidents are being taken very seriously.

He says the six employees involved are subject to disciplinary action, which could include termination.

Stevenson could not confirm whether the personal health records were accessed in error or deliberately with malicious intent.

The first incident,…

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