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Employees Suspended for Breaches

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March 26, 2010

Two employees of Newfoundland's largest healthcare authority have been suspended for inappropriately accessing patient records, reports CBC News. "They were curious," said Eastern Health CEO Vickie Kaminski. "It was their neighbour. It was their daughter's new boyfriend. All kinds of curiosity reasons for accessing the information." The employees were suspended for three months without pay, but Kaminski says that as Eastern Health moves toward a zero-tolerance policy, "It is anticipated that a willful breach will lead to termination..." The breaches were discovered during a weekly audit. Another breach resulted when a laptop was stolen from an employee's car. Eastern Health has begun notifying affected patients.
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