WINNIPEG – The province is contacting 197 people in Manitoba after their health information was inappropriately accessed.
An internal investigation by Manitoba Health has revealed names, addresses and birth dates were breached by a former health department employee.
But the province says the individual did not have access to medical information, such as: hospital or doctor visits, diagnoses, billings or prescriptions.
“Not all department employees have access to personal health information,” the province said in a statement. “Under the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) and the department’s PHIA policies and procedures, employees are only authorized to access information if it is necessary to carry out their defined responsibilities and work requirements.”
The risk for further misuse of the information is low, according to the province and if other individuals are identified, they will be notified.
“The department apologizes for this incident and is continuing to provide ongoing training to staff to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities to maintain the privacy of personal health information.”