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.
Like all health-care practitioners, dentists are now being watched ever more closely by government agencies, insurance companies, and other regulatory bodies. Doctors must demonstrate their compliance with data security and integrity requirements, and standards will soon progress beyond the basic adoption phase. Practice data such as financial transactions cannot just be accurate; the data must be reported accurately and consistently, and (of course) comply with HIPAA requirements that protect patient privacy.
The FBI says an Illinois man accused of impersonating a Canadian deputy health minister as part of a fraud scheme has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges. The man was accused of trying to defraud a number if individuals and entities of millions of dollars by falsely claiming his company, Neovision, had a lucrative contract with the Canadian Health Department. He pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. He used a purported agreement with Health Canada to solicit more than $25 million from other potential investors, including an undercover law enforcement agent.
Sex workers in Canada may have felt happy after the Supreme Court's ruling in favour of the trade that prostitution is finally going to be legalised in the country; however, the possibilities may still be bleak. Some of the Montreal massage parlours shamelessly notify their customers that they offer 'XXX massage' which treats them with a lot more than merely getting relieved from body pains and fatigue.