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Employee Accessed Patient Files, Hospital Quiet on Discipline

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November 5, 2010

The health records of an Ottawa Hospital patient were inappropriately accessed by one of its employees--the ex-wife of the patient's husband--and now the patient has filed a grievance with Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Ottawa Citizen reports. She says she is concerned that the hospital has not taken the case seriously. The hospital says it has disciplined the employee, but declined to provide details, citing privacy laws. "This incident has been dealt appropriately based on The Ottawa Hospital's Privacy Policy," the hospital's privacy officer said in a letter to the patient.
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