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Medicentres is legally responsible for protecting health information under the Health Information Act and Horne said he plans to pursue the matter the full extent of the law. patients can call Medicentres at 780 484 8741 to find out if they been affected.
be clear personal information has been compromised. The information was stored on a laptop in unencrypted form and, to my knowledge, the information has not been recovered. affected patients were seen at private walk in clinics between May 2, 2011 Converse All Black Low Cut and September 19, 2013, said Medicentres, adding they have no information suggesting the stolen information has been accessed or misused.
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Horne said Albertans can also log a formal complaint to the Information and Privacy Commissioner by calling 780 422 6860.
The theft of an unencrypted laptop in Edmonton means the personal health information of over 620,000 Albertans may be compromised, an Health Minister Fred Horne said Wednesday.
shocking that you now have one in six Albertans whose health information has been stolen, said Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith. Women Converse Sneakers
think someone should be held to the very highest level of accountability, he said.
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our patients should take precautions such as checking their bank statements. critics were shocked and disturbed by the news.
Alberta NDP critic David Eggen said the theft shows there a problem with private clinics putting private information into the wrong hands.
Medicentres Family Health Care Clinics says the laptop was stolen from an information technology consultant on Sept. 26, 2013, and contains the names, birth dates, provincial health card numbers, billing codes, and diagnostic codes of 620,000 Albertans.
Horne has requested Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton conduct a formal investigation into the theft under the Health Information Act and has also contacted Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Alberta Medical Association that they may take any steps that they deem necessary. Arif Bhimji, Chief Medical Officer for Medicentres, said Wednesday that the consultant who is not an employee of Medicentres was working at several locations in Edmonton that day and is not sure where the laptop was stolen from, but confirmed it was not taken from any Medicentre location.
Bhimji said they a hard lesson and have undertaken an internal audit to ensure all laptops with Medicentres patient information, whether they belong to IT consultants or not, are encrypted.
us so it not something we were well prepared for, he said.
Medicentres notified the Edmonton Police Service and Alberta Information Privacy Commissioner of the theft on Oct. 1, 2013, but Health Minister Fred Horne was outraged that his office was only just told on Tuesday, nearly four months later.
am quite frankly outraged that this would not have been reported to myself or my department sooner, said Horne, concerned for the safety of Albertan health information.
Health information compromised
not only an incredible breach of a person medical privacy but you can do all sorts of damage to a person credit rating with that kind of information. wants to know why 620,000 records were stored on a single computer when companies should only have access to minimal amounts of information at a time.
The nearly four month delay on informing patients of the theft was to allow time for the police to investigate, said Bhimji, as well as allow Medicentres to receive advice from the Privacy Commissioner.
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