Privacy breach at Nanaimo hospital after health records illicitly accessed

A former Island Health employee has been linked to a privacy breach at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, affecting 102 people.

“This situation is unacceptable and we wholeheartedly apologize to everyone who has been affected by this situation,” Island Health said in a statement. “They are all being notified that their records were searched and accessed without appropriate authorization.

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“The privacy and security of our patients’ and clients’ personal and health information is a top priority for Island Health.”

Staff know the rules that are in place, the statement said.

“Our employees are well aware that snooping into the health records of family and friends, or anyone, is prohibited,” the statement said.

“They receive information and training about privacy, their employee obligations when accessing confidential information and records, and they sign confidentiality acknowledgements which must be renewed annually.”

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