Nfld. & Labrador

Desktop computers stolen during Western Health break and enter

Western Health is conducting an internal investigation after two computers were stolen from a medical centre in Corner Brook last week.
Western Health says two desktops were reported stolen Friday from its health clinic on Herald Avenue in Corner Brook. (Shutterstock)

Western Health is conducting an internal investigation after two computers were stolen from a medical centre in Corner Brook last week.

Staff at the Western Memorial Health Clinic on Herald Avenue in Corner Brook noticed two desktop computers were missing Friday.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating the break-in and theft. 

It's believed the computers, which are password protected, were taken late Thursday or early Friday.

Ed Ring, Newfoundland and Labrador's privacy commissioner, says he doesn't know what was on the stolen computers.

"It may have been a client of the clinic, after having an appointment or being there, they took them on their way out the door," said Const. Scott Mosher.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been notified of the possible breach of information.

The stolen computers were used to access the main system and was not used to store personal information.

"There would be a time that the information was there, action and uploaded to the health information system for the province. How much is actually kept on there?" said privacy commissioner Ed Ring. "That's yet to be determined and that's for the health authorities to find out."

Persons of interest

A news release Monday said Western Health "will be looking for any opportunities to strengthen security at the site."

Meanwhile, Mosher said they have persons of interest identified in the case.

"We have got a couple solid leads. We have a couple people who are persons of interest that we need to speak to. We are certainly trying to put the pieces together for this investigation."

Mosher doesn't believe the contents of the computers will be of much value to the person or persons who stole it.

"If somebody was to take them, it's very unlikely they could access the information that was on them," Mosher said.

"Maybe some value on the street to trade and reuse as a computer."

Two other locations — one on West Valley Road and the other on Central Street — were also broken into over the weekend.

A young man was arrested and charged Sunday in connection to the West Valley Road break-in.

Western Health said Monday it would not be doing any interviews on the theft.

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