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Medical Records Used in HR Investigation

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA

August 4, 2011

According to the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC), Alberta Health Services (AHS) violated the Health Information Act when it used an employee's addiction counseling information in a human resources investigation. After signing a consent form to allow his health records to be shared with his treating physician, the employee's records were given to the AHS human resources department to determine "the fitness of the employee to continue his duties," reports the Edmonton Journal. An AHS spokesperson said the company would comply with the OIPC's request to change their data sharing policies in these circumstances.   
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