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Commissioner Investigating Hospital Admission, Burial Under Stolen Name

IDENTITY THEFT—CANADA

September 1, 2010

In a case that has been described as unlike anything his office has seen before, Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work is launching an investigation to determine how a patient was admitted to a Calgary hospital with the stolen Alberta Health Care card of an acquaintance and was buried under that stolen name when he died in the hospital of natural causes. The Health Information Act (HIA) allows the commissioner to conduct investigations to ensure compliance with its provisions, the Calgary Herald reports. "I have decided to conduct an investigation to examine what steps are reasonable to take to ensure health information is accurate and complete before it is used by a health services provider," Work said.
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