Former Health Department Employee Accessed 197 Patient Records: Province

November 14, 2016 10:20 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

Doctor StethoscopeWINNIPEG — The personal health information of 197 people was inappropriately accessed by a former provincial employee, the Manitoba government says.

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living says the information included names, addresses and dates of birth.

“The former employee did not have access to personal health information in provincial databases that would include physician visits, diagnoses, medical billings, prescription drug records or hospitalizations,” a news release from the province said.

Affected individuals are being directly contacted by the province to make them aware of the privacy breach.

Employees are only authorized to access information if it is necessary to carry out their defined responsibilities and work requirements.

The province says the further misuse of the information is low, but the department takes the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information very seriously. If other individuals are identified, they will also be notified.