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Another Health Breach in Alberta; Former Commish Says Enough Is Enough

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January 31, 2014

Global News reports Covenant Health had a briefcase stolen just before Christmas containing both personal health information of patients and the resumes of potential employees. Luckily, said Chief Quality and Privacy Officer Jon Popowich, the briefcase was recovered after a few days, and all of the documents were accounted for, but “it’s always good practice, I think, on our part that we let people know right away. We disclosed; we were honest, open, transparent.” However, breaches like this one and the 620,000 patient records lost on a laptop by Medicentres Canada are becoming too commonplace, former Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Frank Work told Calgary Herald. He recommends a new look at the Health Information Act, saying “if the carrot isn’t working, I guess you have to look at beefing up the stick.”
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