European Data Protection Digest

Worker Charged in Hospital Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

December 2, 2011

Police are investigating a patient confidentiality breach at Scotland's largest hospital, the Scotsman reports. A hospital worker has been charged with breaching data after he sent a young woman a Facebook message the day after she was treated at the hospital. The worker--who has also been suspended from the hospital--admitted to using hospital computers to look the woman up and obtain her contact details. NHS Lothian is investigating the incident and says that the worker did not breach the computer systems but that the patient's name was on a computerised floor plan and that the worker did not have access to the patient's personal medical records. Police are now investigating the incident.
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