Alberta Children's Hospital privacy breach leads to 26 charges
The maximum penalty for each offence is $50,000
A privacy breach at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary has resulted in 26 charges being laid against a staff member.
The incident was investigated by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the charges were laid under the Health Information Act.
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Alberta Health Services (AHS) initially reported the incident. This is the sixth time charges have been laid under the act.
The maximum penalty for each offence is $50,000.
An Alberta privacy watchdog told CBC News in early October there has been a spike in privacy breaches of electronic medical records, calling it an "epidemic."
It came after AHS announced that 48 health-care workers were facing disciplinary action after one patient's medical records were "inappropriately" accessed. One has been fired and 47 others were suspended without pay for the investigation.