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Health Region Sends Information to Wrong Patient

DATA LOSS

March 19, 2010

A Melville woman says the Sunrise Health Region sent her the personal health information of a deceased patient mistakenly, the Leader-Post reports. The woman, thought to be next-of-kin, received the deceased's radiology test results in the mail. A spokeswoman for the region says it is reviewing patient information as well as databases to inform the correct next-of-kin and is sending form letters to patients to limit the release of personal health information. Regina's privacy commissioner said he expects a report from the region following an internal investigation, adding that the breach may have "pointed out a part of a system that needs to be re-thought."    
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