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Canada Dashboard Digest | Alberta Privacy Commission: Health Record Breaches an “Epidemic” Related reading: Ontario IPC talks legal, ethical issues involving de-identified data


In the wake of news that Alberta Health Services is disciplining 48 healthcare workers after a patient’s medical records were inappropriately accessed, a spokesman for Alberta’s Privacy Commission (APC) said such actions are part of a larger problem, CBC News reports. Scott Sibbald, a spokesman for the APC, said, “More broadly, this isn’t an isolated incident by any means. We are seeing, and I guess for lack of a better term, an epidemic within electronic medical records systems.” Sibbald noted that, so far this year, there has been one conviction and two charges for unauthorized access. The agency is also investigating as many as a dozen additional cases.
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