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Resident faces possible termination, fines for violating privacy rules

Residency Program Insider, September 26, 2014

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A Canadian medical resident may face disciplinary action after a personal computer containing personal medical information of 322 patients was stolen from the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.
 
According to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), the resident violated the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) by keeping patient information on a personal laptop without password protection. The laptop contained clinical reporting letters, used when referring patients to another physician.
 
All affected patients have been notified of the breach and the WRHA is investigating the incident. Unauthorized disclosure of confidential patient information may result in termination and individuals convicted of an offense under PHIA may be fined as much as $50,000 (approximately US $45,000).
 
Source: Winnipeg Free Press

 



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