By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s auditor general says more work needs to be done to protect the personal information of patients and other data.
A new report from Norm Ricard says there are cybersecurity holes in the systems being used by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
The report was prompted by the theft last year of a doctor’s personal laptop which contained the records of more than 300 patients.
The audit says there is a significant risk of people gaining unauthorized access to data systems and health records, in part because not enough records have been encrypted.
The report also says the health authority has failed to ensure that data remains protected when accessed by thousands of personal laptops, smartphones and other devices used by workers.
The health authority and the provincial Health Department say they accept the report and are working on implementing its recommendations for stricter security.