Hundreds of patients who received letters of apology from the SouthWest regional health authority this week are just the latest victims of privacy invasion, something increasingly common in the technological age, says Mike Dull, a lawyer with Wagners Law Firm.
In April, his law firm filed a class action with representative plaintiff Beverly Moore against Capital Health over inappropriate access of medical information.
Moore said her distress is heightened because she doesn't know if the former employee kept or passed on any of the information, which would have included details about her health, employment, social insurance and health card numbers, as well as her husband's.
Revelations of the privacy breach emerged in December when a letter went out to 15 patients at Hants Community Hospital in Windsor, which is in the Capital Health district, to let them know their medical files had been infiltrated by a clerk who booked appointments.
A subsequent wider audit by the health authority uncovered other breaches, which lead to the letters to Moore and others in February.
Capital Health is being sued for breach of privacy and negligence.
Automated Summary from: The Chronicle Herald