A self-reported breach by an individual to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner resulted in an offence investigation being opened into suspicious access to health information. The completed investigation, after being referred to Crown prosecutors at Alberta Justice, led to thirty-one charges under the Health Information Act being laid for improperly accessing other individuals’ health information. Another charge was laid for inappropriate use of health information, another for inappropriate disclosure of health information, and one more charge for knowingly falsifying a record. In addition to these thirty-four charges under the Health Information Act, six charges were also laid under the Criminal Code.
The Calgary Herald reports that Brian Hamilton, OIPC Director for the Health Information Act, would only confirm the accused is not a doctor or other medical professional. The matter will be heard in Airdrie Provincial Court on Thursday, October 18, 2012.
The Edmonton Journal also reported that, in addition to the charges under the Health Information Act, the accused may face up to six Criminal Code charges.
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For more information, see:
the OIPC Website (http://www.oipc.ab.ca/Content_Files/Files/News/NR_Oct_2012.pdf)