Pri­vacy breach un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion at On­tario hospi­tal net­work

The News (New Glasgow) - - CANADA -

On­tario’s largest hospi­tal net­work says it is re­view­ing five mil­lion elec­tronic health records gath­ered over the past five years after a pa­tient re­ported er­rors in his med­i­cal file.

The Univer­sity Health Net­work says that it has also tem­po­rar­ily dis­con­nected its pa­tient record sys­tem from On­tario’s elec­tronic health records data­base while it in­ves­ti­gates the er­ror.

The net­work, which con­sists of Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal, Toronto Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Toronto Western Hospi­tal and a num­ber of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion sites, could not im­me­di­ately say how long the re­view would take or when it would be re­con­nected to the broader sys­tem.

The prob­lem — first re­ported by CTV News — came to light when a pa­tient found re­sults in his file for tests he had not taken.

The hospi­tal net­work says er­rors have been found in four pa­tient records and is iso­lated to its sys­tem.

The pri­vacy breach has been re­ported to On­tario’s In­for­ma­tion and Pri­vacy Com­mis­sion.

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