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Eastern Health Won’t Press Charges; Western Health Breached

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

August 3, 2012

Eastern Health has said it will not pursue criminal charges against former employees who accessed patient medical records without authorization, CBC News reports. One of the former employees said she looked at files for other individuals. One privacy expert said provincial law states that intentional violations can result in jail sentences or fines as high as $10,000. Meanwhile, officials at Western Health in Newfoundland have fired an employee for the unauthorized access of more than 1,000 patient records. The province’s privacy commissioner has been notified.
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