January 23, 2020 3 min read
Patient privacy breaches are a serious threat not only because of the regulatory implications and fines, public reporting requirements, and interruptions to the functioning of your clinic. Inappropriate/unauthorized access to patient information puts patients at risk in several important ways that can have disastrous implications.
The Canadian Government lists nine real risks of significant harm to patients who are the subjects of a privacy breach. Let’s examine each type of risk and review how they impact patients.
Any of these risks make a privacy breach reportable. That means patients and the government must be notified so that proper steps can be taken including investigation into cause and compliance at the clinic where the breach occurred.
It is critical that all patients be protected from these risks with complete privacy breach prevention systems in all clinics. Clinics or healthcare organizations that suffer breaches because they failed to take the steps necessary to protect their information are often found liable and subject to fines.
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