Doctors snooped on Humboldt Broncos' records, privacy commissioner finds

Saskatchewan's privacy commissioner has found eight people inappropriately gained access to electronic health records of 10 Humboldt Broncos team members involved in a bus crash last April.Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured in the crash between the junior hockey team's bus and a semi trailer at a rural Saskatchewan intersection."Due to the high-profile nature of the crash, eHealth Saskatchewan understood the risk of snooping," said a report from information and privacy commissioner Ronald Kruzeniski.The report said the health agency began monitoring the profiles of the patients — which include lab results, medication information and chronic diseases — three days after the crash.The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen in April. A privacy report says medical records of crash victims were inappropriately accessed by people in the health care system. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)"Between April 9, 2018, and May 15, 2018, eHealth detected eight users of the viewer, mostly physicians, accessed without apparent authority the profiles of 10 patients."The report shows eHealth reported the breaches to the privacy commissioner on July 5.Privacy commissioner 'disappointed'Kruzeniski said he's disappointed that the seven doctors and an office manager inappropriately looked at the records."This has been a major tragedy in our province and I'm disappointed that people got tempted," he said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Monday. "Now that it's happened, it's my job to work with others through education and legislative change [to] make the system work."His report, which has been posted online, detailed the privacy breaches.In one case, an employee of a medical clinic examined the health information of three people involved in the collision.The office manager admitted she consulted the records because "her family membe ...Read more

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