Nfld. & Labrador

19 patients affected in 'accidental' Eastern Health privacy breach

The patients affected took part in a travelling clinic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this past June.

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been notified

Eastern Health CEO David Diamond says there's no reason to believe the missing information has been misused. (CBC)

Eastern Health is calling a privacy breach involving 19 patients at a travelling clinic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay "accidental."

"I apologize to all of the patients, as well as their families, for this accidental material breach," said Eastern Health CEO David Diamond in a news release Wednesday. 

The health authority said the personal information of some patients went missing during an orthopedic travelling clinic from June 6 to 10. All those affected were patients of the Janeway Children's Hospital.

There's no word on how the breach occurred.

Diamond said there's no reason to believe the missing information has been misused.

Eastern Health said it was in the midst of contacting all the patients, and has also notified the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

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