Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Manitoba Government Employee Improperly Accessed Personal Health Info

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Manitoba Government Employee Improperly Accessed Personal Health Info

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Former employee accessed health info: government

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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. …

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