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Commissioner: Pharmacy Employee Broke Province’s Rules

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December 20, 2013

Alberta Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton has said a “casual employee at a pharmacy inside a southeast Calgary Shoppers Drug Mart contravened the province’s Health Information Act last year when he phoned and tried to Facebook ‘friend’ a woman who had filed a prescription,” CBC News reports. “Employers have a responsibility to inform and train their staff on the appropriate use of health information,” Clayton said, adding, “Health information systems are for healthcare, not matchmaking.” Clayton’s investigation found the employee, who is no longer employed at the pharmacy, misused health information while the pharmacy’s manager did not implement appropriate safeguards.
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