Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Regina Health Region Didn't Notify People about Snooping Worker: Privacy Official

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Regina Health Region Didn't Notify People about Snooping Worker: Privacy Official

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Regina health region chastised after privacy breach

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REGINA - Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner says the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region didn't do enough after an employee was caught snooping into patient's records.

A report from the commissioner's office says a patient alleged in October 2015 that an employee had looked through the person's health records.

That investigation determined the complaint was unfounded, but found the actions of another employee to be suspicious.

The health region found that employee, a medical lab assistant in the phlebotomy unit of the Regina General Hospital, had inappropriately accessed 97 medical records of 35 people.

The commissioner says the health region took three months to put the employee on leave and didn't let those affected know about the breach until July, adding both weren't soon enough. …

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