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Newsroom Again Receives Patient Information

DATA LOSS—CANADA

June 28, 2010

The CBC is reporting receiving healthcare information accidentally from Northwest Territories (NWT) health authorities one month after a similar breach raised concerns about patient confidentiality. "Two separate sets of patient files were mistakenly faxed to the CBC's Yellowknife newsroom on June 18," the report states, including a patient prescription record from the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority and documentation of a meeting with a wellness counselor from the Fort Smith Health and Social Services Authority. In each case, human error has been cited as the reason for the breaches. When similar fax errors occurred last month, NWT Privacy Commissioner Elaine Keenan Bengts described such breaches as an "eye-opener" for healthcare facilities across the region, the report states.
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