Two Saskatchewan Cancer Agency employees who breached the privacy of 48 patients have been disciplined.
The cancer agency learned of the privacy breaches on May 13 and 19-21 from other employees, and began a detailed inquiry. The investigation revealed that over a six-month period, two employees had viewed health information of 48 individuals for whom they were not caring.
The information viewed included an individual’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, health services number as well as information about diagnostic tests, medical exams, clinical results, diagnoses and physician names.
“The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency takes the privacy of health information very seriously,” Scott Livingstone, president and CEO of the cancer agency, said at a press conference Monday. “We appreciate that patients have put their health information in the care of our staff and we deeply regret having not maintained their privacy.”
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