Not saying their rights wernt violated but why is western health responsable. She was the one broke the law. If she went out and killed someone would they still be responsable.
Posted: 8/15/2012 5:23:54 PM
Good Job again! :
Smee, I am a document management member that works in the hospital setting. This is not an aspect of the job and there is no excuse for this activity other than pure snooping and prying. The system has flaws that need to be addressed, access needs to be limited to the staff that are required to work on those particular records. And individuals need to be held responsible for these types of actions. In this case, I feel Western Health and all of the other health boards involved need to be held responsible for their bad data management system and this clerk or whatever she was needs to be held responsible for breaking the privacy agreement that she signed.
Posted: 8/15/2012 4:08:31 PM
I seriously doubt any of the posters here actually comprehend data management of this scale. These things will happen no matter how many checks are in place; if you want a medical system which keeps records for an entire district then the storage, allocation and retrieval of said records requires workers to access them.
This being the fact, no matter how much money or training are given, if you have an individual who has set their mind to misuse this information it cannot be stopped only deterred and corrected.
Posted: 8/15/2012 1:15:30 PM
Another Stupid Money Grab :
Come on people. While I don't condone what this person does do you really think that this should cost Western Health a million dollars (just a number out of thin air). Everything is a law suit today. If you proceed with this all you'll accomplish is forcing the Health Boards to remain quiet next time. No system is fool proof. Furthermore, this employee may have had access because of some aspect of their job and just over-stepped their boundaries. How is Western Health, or Eastern Health, or any company supposed to guard against that?
Posted: 8/15/2012 1:01:00 PM
Bay Man :
@Commenter, financial information is no-where near as sensitive as medical information? Ever hear of identity theft?
Posted: 8/15/2012 12:07:04 PM
Keep looking, this was not the only breach :
There was another breach at Western Health in which I was informed about at the beginning of the year. I have no idea how many people were involved as I wasn't allowed to know. Where was the media on this one? Am I too allowed to be part of this new lawsuit? This is not the first employee dismissed for a breach, do your homework!
Posted: 8/15/2012 12:02:50 PM
while I agree with Citizen that medical professionals are going to have access to sensitive information regardless, this person was dismissed so what incentive is there now to withhold any information they saw?
As for the bank workers: financial information is no-where near as sensitive as medical information... the latter could be crippling especially in a small town. Not only that but wouldn't you expect the same outcome if there was a privacy breach at the bank?
Posted: 8/15/2012 11:55:56 AM
Reply for Debbie & Citizen :
"Gotten out of hand" you say, no, it has gotten into hands that had no business doing so, and YES INDEED! there should be a class action lawsuit, it is time people and organizations are held accountable for their actions. Set an example! For some crazy asinine reason this person and those of you that agree "no harm done" have this feeling of entitlement with other peoples personal information and there is plenty of that going around in this one-horse town now. (thanks for the quote) I hope that all those affected are informed of who the perpetrator is because APPARENTLY Western Health is protecting them and but couldnt protect you!
Posted: 8/15/2012 10:57:14 AM
Good Job! :
Proper thing! Someone needs to have an example made of them. And the Health districts need to know that their system has flaws and that files that aren't of any relevance to people other than the nurses and clerks directly dealing with them should not be able to be accessed. It is a crappy system that the nurses use to check patient files and write in values for the next nurse to see, and it needs to be updated and secured. I was astonished to see that the program was similar to that of a dos program and it looked so outdated and it was so easy to have access to anyones files within the system. Thats a huge problem!
Posted: 8/15/2012 10:51:54 AM
I think all this has gotten way out of hand. People working in health care are going to know things about patients, but I don't think it's a big deal unless they actually tell people about it on the outside. Besides who's going to remember things on a thousand patients. Do you think people working in other places like banks do not know people's information.
Posted: 8/15/2012 10:13:41 AM
To Debbie :
It's different if you've always been a perfectly healthy human with a relatively clean medical record. some of us would rather no-one ever knowing what medical conditions they had in the past.
Worst Case Scenario: What if you had something like an STI in your younger days? It stay's on your medical record forever because that's relevant information to a doctor, should your health take a turn for the worse later in life. It's relevant information to a nosy person because chances are they know you, your family, your friends, and THAT's where damage is caused.
Do you REALLY think that a one-horse town such as Corner Brook would let that slip?
Posted: 8/15/2012 8:52:03 AM
I think it is absolutely ridiculous to be filing a class action lawsuit with regard to this privacy breach. Another way for people to make some money! I think this PRIVACY issue is gone crazy!!! If someone looked at my medical records it wouldn't bother me at all. Someone lost their job over this touchy issue.......isn't that enough!!!!
Posted: 8/15/2012 8:02:15 AM
M. B. :
Better get what you can before all the money is spent on Musk Rat Falls. Good luck!!!