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Lawyer: Medical Records More Accessible Than Ever

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

June 22, 2012

Last week’s announcement of the firing of a Nova Scotia hospital employee marks the latest in what is becoming a more common occurrence--hospital employees inappropriately accessing patient records, reports The Chronicle Herald.  With increased technology, “Private medical records are now much more readily accessible to those persons within the hospital who don’t have permission or authority to access the records,” said Mike Dull of Wagners Law Firm, which is representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit involving inappropriate employee access. “The reality of the computer age really puts a great onus, in our view, on health authorities to ensure proper systems are in place to protect the privacy of patients,” said Dull.
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