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Dumped Medical Files Prompt Official Advisory

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

April 22, 2011

Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson has sent an advisory to the province's healthcare providers with eight recommendations to ensure they are in compliance with the Health Information and Protection Act (HIPA), according to The StarPhoenix. "We have a systematic problem with healthcare providers not understanding HIPA and not following the requirements," said Dickson. The advisory comes in response to a number of cases where medical files have been found in dumpsters in Saskatoon and Regina. Justice Minister Don Morgan expressed concern over the improperly discarded files and warned of a rise in prosecutions of health privacy law violations.
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