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Officials: Missing Records Show EMRs Needed

DATA LOSS

July 29, 2011

Ontario's privacy commissioner is investigating a breach that occurred when Cancer Care Ontario mailed about 12,000 cancer screening tests, itbusiness.ca reports. Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, echoing the sentiment of Premier Dalton McGuinty, said the loss supports the case for reliable electronic medical records systems, adding, "In this day and age, how could Cancer Care Ontario decide to send hard copies of sensitive personal data of patients through the mail? How could Canada Post have lost track of the records?" Cancer Care Ontario alerted the commissioner's office of the missing screening tests on June 27. A search for the records turned up about 5,000 in physicians' offices.  
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