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Health records accessed inappropriately

By The Canadian Press   

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WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government says a former employee inappropriately got access to the personal information of 197 people.

An internal investigation into Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living found the worker obtained people’s names, addresses and dates of birth.

The government says the employee did not have access to personal health information in provincial databases that would include visits to doctors, diagnoses, medical billings, prescription drug records or hospitalizations.

Legislation and department policies prohibit employees from having access to information unless it is necessary to carry out their responsibilities and work requirements.

The province says it is contacting all affected individuals and, if others are identified, they will also be notified.


The department said it has notified the Manitoba ombudsman’s office about the breach.

“The department apologizes and is continuing to provide ongoing training to staff to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities to maintain the privacy of personal health information,” the government said in a release Monday.

Earlier this month, a file containing the records of about 1,000 patients was taken from a diagnostic imaging office at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre.

Police are investigating and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has said a private security company has also been hired to investigate. Both have been given video from surveillance cameras in the building.

The health region still has paper files but is working towards fully digital filing.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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