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Hospital Fires Employees for Privacy Invasions

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

July 27, 2012

Eastern Health has fired five employees for breaching patient privacy after it was learned one employee “inappropriately and deliberately” accessed 122 patient files, CBC News reports. Six additional employees have been suspended following random audits. The health authority’s chief executive officer apologized to the affected patients this week. “When we identify a deliberate breach of patient privacy, we take action to discipline the offending employee. While the severity of the discipline is determined by the seriousness of the breach, there is zero tolerance for willful breaches of patient privacy,” the CEO said.
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