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More Controls Needed for Healthcare Workers' Access to Personal Information

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

April 15, 2010

Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson says there needs to be a review of how Saskatchewan trains, approves and monitors healthcare workers and their use of personal health information. Dickson's report came after an investigation into a 2009 incident where a pharmacist was caught improperly accessing drug information about a former patient. CBC reports that the pharmacist looked up information about a patient and two family members a total of nine times for personal reasons. Dickson's report also recommends tighter restrictions on when and where pharmacists and other healthcare workers should be allowed to access computers to look up such information.
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