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Hospital Ordered To Examine PHI Protection After Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

January 19, 2011

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has ordered Ottawa Hospital to examine its rules and practices relating to personal health information following another electronic breach of a patient's medical records, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Cavoukian has found that the hospital "failed to comply with certain elements of a revised policy," the reports states, after asking the hospital to consider changes following a breach in 2005 that was "strikingly similar" to one recently investigated. Cavoukian has concluded, "the actions taken to prevent the unauthorized use and disclosure by employees in this hospital have not been effective" and fail to comply with a section of the Personal Health Information Protection Act.
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