Entering incorrect telephone numbers into fax machines is being blamed for more privacy breaches of personal health information by Alberta Health Services. "It's surprising," Brian Hamilton, with the Office of the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner, said during an interview.
Hundreds of Albertans have already registered for a class-action lawsuit filed over a missing laptop containing personal and health information, says the Calgary lawyer involved in the case. In late September, an unencrypted laptop of an IT consultant for Medicentres Canada went missing. The laptop held a database of personal information for 620,000 patients who visited Medicentre clinics in Edmonton and Calgary between May 2011 and Sept. 2013.
Health officials in Halifax have suspended the licence of a pediatrician accused of improperly mixing vaccinations for about 500 children under the age of two. The provincial Health and Wellness Department confirmed it started an investigation after it received a complaint from a member of the public Dec. 3. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, which regulates the medical profession, was soon told of the complaint and suspended the doctor's medical licence Dec.
Despite expanding its efforts to curtail fraud and waste, a Medicare internal auditor found that the agency’s fee-for-service program’s improper payments grew by almost 19 percent after years of decline. In the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services annual financial report, published Dec.